A Florida woman was reunited with her 12-year-old daughter Saturday after a four-year separation.
Jodie Borchert, of Deltona, Florida, had not seen her daughter, Cara Cox, since she dropped off the girl with her father, Aaron Cox, for a weekend visit in 2009.
Cox, 55, then abducted his daughter and fled the country, police said.
Since 2009, police from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office have searched for the pair but they had no solid leads for years. However, police got a tip on Monday that the pair was in the remote Hidalgo area of Mexico, according to a statement by the Volusia County Sherriff’s Office.
Working with authorities from Mexico and the U.S. State Department, law enforcement officials were able to find and arrest Cox and recover his daughter. Police said the pair had been living under assumed names while living in Mexico.
After Cox’s arrest, Cara was flown back to Miami to be with her mother for the first time in four years.
“The mother was waiting, anxiously waiting here in Miami for the plane to touch down and for her to finally meet her daughter after all these years,” Brandon Haught of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News affiliate WFTV-TV in Orlando, Florida.
Cox was in jail in Miami on a charge of interfering with custody and awaiting extradition to Volusia County, Florida. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office did not know whether or not Cox had retained a lawyer.