American woman, 30, abducted in Mexico while walking her dog released eight months after her captors
American citizen Monica de Leon Barba, 30, was snatched off the street in Jalisco, Mexico in November 2022. The FBI offered a $40,000 reward for information about her whereabouts. He has now been released by his captors
An American woman kidnapped while walking her dog in Mexico has been released by her captors eight months later.
Monica de Leon Barba, 30, was plucked off the street in Jalisco, Mexico, in November 2022 — and the FBI announced that she was released on July 14 and is now back home in the Bay Area.
The agency offered a $40,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.
Despite being found safe, no arrests have been made and the identity of her abductors is under investigation.
Monica de Leon Barba, 30, was plucked from the street in Jalisco, Mexico in November 2022.
De Leon Barba was seen walking her dog named Asa wearing a black sweater and pants
In footage from the day she went missing, a white car is seen approaching her, but it is unclear what happened.
In footage from the day she went missing, a white car is seen approaching her, but it’s unclear what happened.
A dog is seen walking down the road as the car slowly moves away.
De Leon Barba was seen walking her dog named Asa wearing a black sweater and pants.
After eight months in captivity, she is now reunited with her family and her baby.
Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Tripp of the FBI San Francisco Field Office said: ‘Over the past eight months, FBI personnel in California and Mexico have worked tirelessly with families and partners here and in Mexico.
The agency offered a $40,000 reward for information about his whereabouts
‘Our relief and joy at the safe return of Monica and Gail is profound.
‘The FBI investigation is not over, but we can now work on this case knowing that an innocent victim has been reunited with his family.
‘On behalf of the FBI, I want to sincerely thank our law enforcement partners, the family and the San Mateo community for their continued commitment and support.
‘They never forgot Monica, and neither did we.’
De Leon Barber’s brother Gustavo said in a statement to NBC: ‘We can finally close this chapter of our lives and work on the long road of healing ahead of us.’
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