Teen Missing for 13 Years Finally Found Alive

(LibertySons.org) – Nearly 500,000 kids go missing every year. Law enforcement finds the vast majority of them. But there are still thousands of missing children across the country, and many of those families never get closure. Fortunately, that’s not the case for a Texas family.

Jessica Delgadillo went missing in 2010 when she was just 14 years old. The teenager was a student at Palo Duro High School. She left her home to go to school, and then she vanished. The Amarillo Police Department opened an investigation but couldn’t find her. About six months after she went missing, Sgt. Brent Barbee told the Amarillo Globe-News that law enforcement didn’t know what happened to the teenager.

Barbee said law enforcement didn’t suspect foul play in Delgadillo’s disappearance. None of her clothing was missing from her home, and no money was taken. She also didn’t have a history of leaving without permission or running away. The case eventually went cold.

In 2023, the Amarillo Police Department established a cold case unit and began investigating cases of missing children, including Delgadillo’s disappearance. According to an April 11 press release issued by Lt. Jim Clements and Cpl. Carmela Ogden, two representatives from Team Adam from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, posted about Delgadillo’s case on social media.

On November 2, 2023, a female called the Amarillo Department Homicide Unit and identified herself as Jessica Delgadillo. She said that she knew that she’d been reported missing and let officers know she was alive.

Detectives took DNA swabs from the woman and sent them to the University of North Texas, where scientists compared them to samples from one of Delgadillo’s family members. Authorities determined the DNA was a match.

The press release stated that Delgadillo asked law enforcement officers to keep her location and the details of her disappearance private. She is currently living on the East Coast.

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