A YOUNG boy missing for nine months after he was ‘abducted’ by his father is now back safely with his delighted mother.
Football-mad Angelo Jurado-Marmolejo, now nine, vanished when his father Rafael Jurado-Cabello did not return him after a pre-arranged visit on March 2.
Spanish national Jurado-Cabello, who was only allowed to see Angelo if he surrendered his passport, was able to flee the country with his son after handing over a fake one instead.
Angelo’s mum Karol Marmolejo issued a heartfelt appeal for his return in the weeks that followed and police launched an international ‘child abduction’ hunt.
But Karol, herself originally from Colombia, confirmed today that little Angelo had now been safely returned to the family home and his older brother David in Bristol after a ‘traumatic experience’.
Angelo was recovered by the Spanish authorities at Madrid airport on Saturday, November 30, after getting off a flight from Mexico with his father.
Mr Jurado-Cabello, who was wanted on suspicion of child abduction, has been detained under the terms of a European Arrest Warrant.
Delighted Karol said: ‘He was returned this weekend. This is the best Christmas present of our lives.
‘I really appreciate all the support we’ve received during this very difficult time, including all the help from the public.
‘Angelo has been through a traumatic experience so my overwhelming priority is to focus on his welfare.
‘I’d be extremely grateful if our family could be given the space and privacy to focus on Angelo. We are in shock, as you can imagine.
‘I can’t deal with this. I want to say thank you for all the amazing support — I really want to say thank you.’
The happy outcome follows an investigation by Avon and Somerset Police with support from the National Crime Agency, Crown Prosecution Service, and the authorities in Spain.
Avon and Somerset police DI Matthew Lloyd said: ‘Everyone at Avon and Somerset Police is delighted Angelo has been found safe and well.
‘We will continue supporting his family back in Bristol. I’d like to thank all the agencies who’ve worked closely with us to achieve this happy conclusion.
‘We’ll now liaise with the Spanish authorities and the National Crime Agency to arrange the return of Mr Jurado-Cabello to the UK.’