Monica De Leon Barba Wiki – Monica De Leon Barba Biography
Monica De Leon Barba, 30, of San Mateo, California, returned to the US on Friday, the FBI announced, after spending eight months in captivity.
She has been reunited with her dog and her brother in the Bay Area. “We can finally close this chapter in our lives and work on the long road of healing that lies ahead,” her brother, Gustavo De León, said in a Facebook post. She returned home 10 days after her 30th birthday. The woman was kidnapped in November while she was walking her dog in Jalisco, Mexico. In April, the FBI released surveillance footage of her abduction. Three cars went by before her captors jumped off her and forced her into one of her vehicles as her dog ran down the street. The FBI offered a $40,000 reward for any information on her whereabouts, as they believed she was still alive. No one has been arrested or charged with her kidnapping since she returned to her home. The federal agency is still investigating her captors.
Monica De Leon Barba is 30 years old.
California’s abducted woman freed after 8 months in Mexican captivity
“The FBI investigation is far from over, but now we can work this case knowing that an innocent victim was reunited with her family,” Special Agent Robert K Tripp said in a statement Saturday. “Over the past eight months, FBI personnel in California and Mexico have worked tirelessly with the family and with partners here and in Mexico. Our relief and joy at Monica’s safe return is profound.” Tripp acknowledged that “the investigation is far from over,” but thanked Mateo’s community for their unwavering support in helping find Barba. “Monica is never forgotten, and neither are we,” he said in the statement. At the time, the FBI believed that the attack was targeted and that she was being held hostage. “The kidnappers have been in contact with her family and the FBI is working very closely with her family and with authorities in Mexico to get her home safely,” Tripp said at the time.