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Published on February 27, 2024
Abducted Texas Siblings Found Safe in Yoakum Following Swift AMBER Alert ResponseGoogle Maps

Two children, aged 5 and 9, who were reportedly abducted in Wilmer, Texas, were found safe nearly 300 miles away in Yoakum, law enforcement officials confirmed on Monday. The siblings were located less than an hour after authorities issued an AMBER Alert, a call for urgent assistance to find missing children that taps into a network of law enforcement agencies and media outlets.

According to FOX 4 News, the alert was put into effect after the children were last seen at the EMILI Apartments on S. I-45 in Wilmer on Monday morning. Found safe, the police did not provide an update at the time on the suspect, the children's 26-year-old mother, Jaquelyn Hernandez, who, along with her boyfriend, Nicholas R. Falcon, were believed to have taken the children in a Gray 2013 Dodge Challenger with a chrome gas cover and license plate TGF1548.

As relayed by NBC 5, the children were said to be under the care of Child Protective Services following their recovery in Yoakum, Texas, approximately 280 miles from where they were reported missing. "I know the kids are safe with CPS in Yoakum," detailed Rafael Ortega, a detective with the Wilmer Police Department, reinforcing the successful resolution of the alert.

Established to expedite the search for abducted children and promote public vigilance, the AMBER Alert system took its name and purpose following the tragic case of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington in 1996. A testament to its effectiveness, the recent safe discovery of the two children in Yoakum stands as a reminder of the inherent value in such community-police partnerships. Although the circumstances surrounding the alleged abduction remained under investigation, and details regarding the suspect and her accomplice were limited, the children's well-being remained the priority.