Last week, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Jessica Smith of Fort Worth, Texas, saying her mother, Kimberly Smith, abducted her and headed toward New Mexico (See Feb. 8 Amber Alert).
Both were found in the Tres Piedras area on Sunday.
HERE is Chandra Johnson’s article in the Taos News and the following is the news release as sent out by New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald:
Taos County — A 72 hour coordinated law enforcement effort ended today with the locating of 11 year-old Jessica Smith and her mother. Law enforcement officers acted on tips and narrowed down the search to the Northern New Mexico area near Taos.
Officers saturated the area and located the suspect vehicle approximately 9 miles south of Tres Piedras off of US 285 near the Carson National Forest. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and both were transported to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos.
The suspect was reported to be lethargic and Jessica was in good spirits and very happy to be found.
Fort Worth Police Department is working on the extradition of the suspect mother, to Texas.
New Mexico State Police would like to thank all of the agencies who worked long hours over the past 72 hours in bringing a successful close to this case.