A man dropped his daughter off one day to see her mother, who is his ex-wife, when the young girl told him, “don’t ever forget me”—just before being kidnapped. After embarking on a 12-year journey to find her, he received a call from the police about a traumatized teen found in Mexico.
In April 2002, Greg Allen left his daughter, Sabrina, to his ex-wife, Dara Llorens, for the weekend, and that was the last time he saw his beloved daughter for more than a decade. “I dropped her off and kissed her goodbye and she said: ‘Daddy don’t ever forget me,’” Allen recalled Sabrina’s words to MailOnline.
Later, Allen heard of his ex-wife’s plans to relocate to Mexico with Sabrina. “She had said to my mom; ‘I’m going to live in Mexico with my mom.’”
After Allen and Llorens divorced, and Allen was granted full custody of Sabrina, Llorens started threatening to take Sabrina away and disappear. Llorens even made Sabrina say things against Allen.
“As we separated and got further and further apart the things that Sabrina was saying about me became more extreme. Sabrina said I hit her mom and then she made up sexual abuse allegations,” Allen said.
“The Child Protection Service (CPS) grabbed her out of school and took her to a safe spot and asked her questions about Daddy touching her.
“Sabrina told them; ‘My daddy hits my mommy, that’s a lie my mommy told me to say.’”
After Sabrina and his ex-wife disappeared, he went to Mexico to look for them. During his time there, he started learning Spanish.
When the Mexican authorities arrived at Sabrina’s location, Llorens had already taken off with Sabrina.
Allen did not give up and continued with his search. In the process, he met his true love—Mariana, his Spanish teacher.
In 2014, 12 years later, Sabrina and her mother were finally found in Tlaxcala, outside Mexico City, and both were taken back to the United States.
According to Fox News, Dara Llorens was arrested by Mexican immigration officials and police, with the FBI on scene, and was charged with “aggravated kidnapping.”
In March 2016, Llorens was sentenced to 2 to 6 years’ jail time for “kidnapping and interference with child custody,” per Fox7Austin.
Sabrina was later taken to a facility to help her with her recovery. The kidnapped girl is believed to have been kept in an apartment for a long time, and was purportedly not sent to school for most of her teenage years.
“She’s in pretty bad shape,” Allen said, as reported by ABC News. “Sabrina has been under an intense campaign to hate me for 12 years. She’s currently under the care of a therapist that specializes in cases like this.”
Though Sabrina, who should be about 20 years old now, was rescued and safe, she refused to see her father, and Mariana had to help to bring her back to the family that now includes her newfound brother and two sisters.
“My wife is dealing with Sabrina because Sabrina doesn’t want to see me. Sabrina is suffering with parental alienation,” Allen said.
One year later, Allen wrote on Facebook, “the past year has been quite a roller coaster ride, but I like to think that we are past the hardest parts.” He added, “I am happy to report that I have a strong and growing relationship with her.”