Mom Reunited With Her Toddler Who Vanished 21 Years Ago

Lauren Freeman


People don't usually hope to find a missing person after two decades. However, this is what happened to Maria. In 1995, unbeknownst to her, her boyfriend took their 18-month-old son Steve and disappeared. He also took all of the family pictures, only leaving her with a single black-and-white photograph.

The police spent years in the search. And in February 2016, the investigators received a tip that Steve Hernandez is alive in Puebla, Mexico - and his father has disappeared, likely deceased.


The police didn't want to scare him, but they needed to find out if he was THE Steve, so they “used a ruse and told Steve we were conducting an investigation related to the disappearance of his father.”


The police confirmed that he was indeed Maria's son. Steve told them had he knew he had been abducted, but not why. He had also believed that Maria had abandoned him as a child.


However, the lies that made up his life were fast unraveling. If you want to know what happened next, watch the video of Steve reuniting with Maria.


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