Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez found in Mexico: FBI

Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez (FBI)

An 8-year-old girl who was abducted from the state of Washington nearly five years ago has been found alive in Mexico, federal authorities announced.

According to a press release from the FBI, Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez, who was first reported missing in October 2018, was located last month in Michoacán, Mexico, and safely recovered by Mexican authorities. The child was then escorted back to the United States by FBI special agents.

“For more than four years, the FBI and our partners did not give up on Aranza. Our concern now will be supporting Aranza as she begins her reintegration into the U.S.,” Richard A. Collodi, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office, said in a statement Wednesday. “Aranza’s safety and privacy is of utmost importance. Her location in the U.S. is not being disclosed, and no additional information will be released at this time.”

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