An 8-year-old boy from Washington state who has been missing since 2018 was recently found in Mexico and returned to the United States, according to the FBI.
Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez was abducted by her biological mother on October 25, 2018 at a mall in Vancouver, Washington, according to the FBI. He was found and safely recovered by Mexican authorities in Michoacán in February.
FBI special agents escorted Lopez to the United States after he was found.
When the 8-year-old was kidnapped, the FBI determined that he had been taken to Mexico.
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Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez was abducted by her biological mother on October 25, 2018 at a mall in Vancouver, Washington, according to the FBI. Mexican authorities found him in Michoacán in February. (FBI)
His mother was arrested in September 2019 in Puebla, Mexico, but the 8-year-old was never found.
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Richard A. Collodi, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle office, said law enforcement never gave up on finding Lopez.
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“For more than four years, the FBI and our partners did not give up on Aranza,” Collodi said. “Our concern now will be to help Aranza as he begins his return to the United States.”
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