Woman Contacts Police, Found Alive After 10 Years of Captivity
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A now 25-year-old woman has been found alive 10 years after being reported missing.
According to KTLA, Isidro Garcia, 41, faces charges of suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment in the case.
The victim told police she was drugged, kidnapped and sexually and physically abused for years by Garcia, who had lived with she and her family at the time she went missing.
According to Santa Ana police, the girl was reported missing by her mother in August 2004. The mother said her boyfriend, Garcia, and the girl went missing after a “domestic violence incident.”
She’d been missing ever since — until coming forward to police on Tuesday.
The victim told police that Garcia had begun sexually assaulting her in June 2004. She said that in August of that year, Garcia drugged her and drove her to a house in Compton. She said Garcia then gave her falsified identity documents and locked her overnight in a garage.
She said over the course of the next several years, Garcia repeatedly told her that her family had given up on looking for her, and if she left, they would all be deported. She said they moved on several occasions to avoid police.
The victim said Garcia frequently physically and sexually assaulted her and arranged for both of them to work at a night cleaning service so he could always keep an eye on her.
The victim said that she did have the opportunity to escape over the years, but “saw no way out of her situation and lived a life with Garcia under sustained physical and mental abuse.”
In 2007, she said Garcia forced her to get married. They had a child in 2012.
She recently contacted her sister on Facebook when police said “she eventually gained the courage to contact the police.”
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