“When she first spoke to him on the phone and listened to their conversation even though he speaks Spanish, so I couldn’t understand everything going on”, Taylor said. He was abducted in 1999 when he was 3-years-old. They both love basketball, bicycling, and spicy food. He posted an old photo of him and his brother on Facebook, and Holland stumbled upon it. She loves him back.
KNTV Hope Holland is seen being embraced by her 18-year-old son Jonathan after spending 15 years apart.
A Campbell mother is reuniting with her son after a 15-year absence because he was kidnapped by his father when he was 3 years old and taken to Mexico. “She kind of gave me the rundown”. I had no reason to believe I was finding my son. “Ever since I found him, my whole world, my whole outlook and direction changed”. It was a normal day.
” I’m so happy and it’s a miracle and I never thought this would ever come, so it’s happy – extremely happy”, Holland told ABC 10 on Wednesday, shortly after their emotional reunion. Jonathan remembers nothing about being separated from his mother.
By our count, he posted this photo of he and his older brother at least four times beginning in August 2013. The old photo album contains many photos of the siblings together.
Jonathan was born in the South Bay but raised in Mexico by his father. If they need to connect, they do so with an intermediary. He then plans to return to Mexico to finish his final year of high school before coming back to California again, possibly for good. Holland’s friend and neighbor Tammy Taylor has watched Holland struggle over the years not knowing if her son was safe, or even alive. This was back in January, and for Jonathan, it was like meeting his mother for the first time since he had no memories of her. They made plans and saved up money to meet and that meeting finally happened this past week. She does say, however, that she is disappointed from the lack of help from child abduction agencies she reached out to for help.
“That looks like my sons, Jacob and Jonathan!” Holland remembers thinking. A GoFundMe page has been set-up to her cover her costs.