This is from December, but I didn’t see it till now

I wanted to blog about this story because it’s so awesome — a girl who vanished at the age of TWELVE has turned up alive and well eight years later — and at the same time, extremely sad.

The headline: Juárez girl found after missing for 8 years.

From the article:

[Viridiana] Santillan had been reported missing by her mother on March 2, 2010, officials said.

The girl’s mother at the time told authorities that she had last seen her 12-year-old daughter when she left home in late July 2009, the attorney general’s office said.

The mother said that she took eight months to report that her daughter was missing because the young girl would sporadically run away and always returned, but that this time she didn’t come back, officials said.

After she was located, Santillan told Morelos state investigators that she ran away from a hostile and abusive environment at home in Juárez, officials said.

That’s absolutely horrific, that a twelve-year-old girl had it so bad at home that she had to run away and never come back. And Viridiana’s story about a bad home environment is borne out by the fact that her mom didn’t report her missing for the better part of a year. Remember, she was only twelve.

Fortunately, although life on the run was initially very hard for her, it sounds like she’s in a much better place now:

Santillan told investigators that she spent several days as a vagrant in the streets of Juárez before ending up in a shelter with the help of a government social assistance program, known as DIF…

Santillan later got the opportunity to study in [Cuernavaca] and ended up staying in that old colonial city located south of Mexico City, officials said.

Santillan told investigators that she wants to remain in Cuernavaca and has no plans to return to Juárez, officials said.

I hope she has a good life from now on.

6 thoughts on “This is from December, but I didn’t see it till now

  1. Jason September 2, 2018 / 11:56 pm

    She should consider herself very lucky; a young teen living on the streets of Juarez, I’m amazed she wasn’t killed.

    • Meaghan September 2, 2018 / 11:58 pm

      It doesn’t sound like she lived on the streets for very long — the article says “several days” — before she found a place in that shelter.

      I wonder what she told them so they wouldn’t turn her around and send her back to her mom.

      • Ivana September 3, 2018 / 11:49 am

        Things in Mexico are different, CPS and law enforcement ar not such efficient as in USA, and there are lots of children, even younger, on the streets. She could have told them whatever: fake name, that she is older than she is, that she does not know where her family is, or that she has no family. no one would bother to investigate or make a big deal out of it, if she was ok in the shelter and shelter was happy with her being there.

  2. Ivana September 3, 2018 / 11:31 am

    A 13 year old girl from my neighbourhood ran away from home because of the abusive stepmother and went to live with the 25 year old man in another city, and had 3 children with him. She came out after 14 years and went to the police station to report herself, because she did not want her siblings to suffer any more, and statute of limitations was expired so her common law husband can’t be persecuted for statutory rape in her case. Then they have gotten married and are still together. And everyone here thought she was long dead.

  3. Melinda September 10, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I believe that for many kids who run away, they leave because of abuse at home. This was even more common in the 70’s and 80’s before Internet and cellphones…it was more difficult back then to track down runaways.
    Sometimes people don’t realize that when kids run away, they are trying to escape a hostile environment at home. It’s not always because the kid is “bad” or didn’t want to follow rules. I wanted to run away as a teenager myself because my stepfather was abusive.

    • Meaghan September 10, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      I wanted to run away cause I was miserable at home because of abuse from my mom and brother.

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