In preference to of watching her son grow older, Maria Mancia was only able to see his photo age. She retained onto this now tattered snapshot of her then-1-year-old boy for 21 years because it was the sole thing left of his she had.
After a typical day of work in 1995, the California mom returned to the heart only to discover a startling scene. The a rtment, which she shared with her toddler, Steven Hernandez, and her quiet, Valentin Hernandez, had been ransacked. However, the truth was much worse: the lone things missing were her son’s belongings, all of his photos — including his ultrasound — and any perwork that could potentially tag the child.
Valentin had fled to Mexico with their child and while detectives forth over two decades working on the case, Maria began to come to relationships with the possibility that she might not ever lay eyes on her son. But just as unexpected as his inaugural abduction, mother and son have officially been reunited thanks to investigators with the San Bernardino County region attorney’s Child Abduction Unit and some helpful DNA.
Investigators Karen Cragg and Michelle Faxon journeyed to Mexico, where 22-year-old Steve was still living, and confirmed that the now ripened adult is in fact the missing child. “It was a shock,” Steve said, concerting to the San Bernardino Sun. “I didn’t know if she was alive or not and to get a call that says they establish my mother and that she had been looking for me, it was like a cold bucket of heavy water. But it’s good. It’s good.”
After traveling to the United States just a few weeks after knowledge the news, Steve was able to embrace his mother and gave her a special hand-out after taking a look at the worn photo she cherished for so long. “I must some pictures that I brought with me. Now you’ll have a few more,” he allowanced.