JADE FLORES – RECOVERED! JADE’S JOURNEY HOME, A LONG OVERDUE RECOVERY – UPDATE BELOW 09.30.2014
Jade has been recovered!
Thank you to all of those who followed her case and helped to bring her home safely.
WELCOME HOME JADE!!
UPDATE BELOW ORIGINAL STORY : JADE’S JOURNEY HOME – A LONG OVERDUE RECOVERY
Date of Birth: March 18, 2006
Height: 2’8” Weight: 28 lbs
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Missing: July 10, 2008 From: San Jose, CA
Jade was abducted by her father, Heiby Flores. She was in foster care at the time of her disappearance, as she had been since she was an infant. Jade’s foster parents had already adopted her older sister. Jade was allowed a 5 day unsupervised visitation with her father. After the visitation, Heiby did not return Jade, and neither have been heard from since. Prior to Jade’s disappearance, Heiby, who has a prior criminal record, had planned to terminate his parental rights so that Jade’s foster parents could adopt her. A felony warrant was issued for Heiby on August 5, 2008. They may travel to Mexico. Jade’s welfare is of great concern.
Date of Birth: August 27, 1979
Height: 5’10” Weight: 160 lbs
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Distinguishing Features: Pierced Ears. Piercing below his lower lip. A tattoo around his right ankle.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jade Flores, please immediately contact the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:
JADE’S JOURNEY HOME – A LONG OVERDUE RECOVERY
While Jade has now been recovered, the way her case was handled is so exceptionally inappropriate that I believe it is worth noting.
Bringing Jade home was not easy, in fact the entire process was wrought with drama, deception and inappropriate actions from the DHS office responsible for Jade when she was abducted. This saddens me deeply, because we should have been making this recovery announcement years ago.
You see after the American government failed Jade on ALL levels (Governer’s, DA’s, Attorney Generals – ALL LEVELS), a private investigator was hired by the foster family that has adopted Jade’s sister and were in the process of adopting Jade at the time of her abduction. Jade’s foster mother, Kate, launched a campaign to find the little girl that had quickly become her daughter, exhausting every resource she had. Fliers were printed, a reward was established through donations. Kate took the story to the media, and not long after CNN aired a piece on Jade’s abduction.
The PI and a confidential informant in Mexico were successful in tracking Heiby and Jade down in December of 2010 after an anonymous tip was received. They moved quickly and dispatched a surveillance crew to verify Jade’s location, the crew was able to capture Jade in photos verifying that she was in fact living in the small village.
According to one source, Jade was known as “the kidnapped one” in the village where she was living with her father. Those who lived near Jade in Mexico also allege that the little girl was abused, anytime Jade mentioned her mother, she was beaten. The entire town was afraid of Heiby and his anger, not only is he known to be erratically violent in America, he carries the same reputation in Mexico.
When the crew and PI obtained all of this information and photos, they shared them along with a map drawn by the CI the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office in February in 2011. The DA’s office did nothing with the information. A police Chief in Mexico offered to recover Jade and take her to the nearest embassy so that she could be returned to the United Stated, and for some reason, he was never taken up on his offer, sentencing Jade to 3 more years in an allegedly abusive home and in hiding.
The relevant American Consular Agent was willing to help bring Jade home, but needed the process to be initiated by the Department of State. The Department of State and the US embassy in Mexico City then stated that either the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office or Santa Clara Child Services needed to initiate the process …..
It is surprising to watch the story unfold and realize just how many people, wanted, tried and offered to help bring Jade home YEARS ago but where brushed off and ignored.
These people not only ignored Jade’s case, they demanded that Jade’s foster Mom (adoptive Mom) stop her efforts to find her little girl. Social Services sent her a letter telling her to stop – essentially advocating – for Jade. She was told she could not create any FaceBook pages for Jade, and could not use any form of social media to make her efforts to find Jade public.
Jade is home now, and that is something to celebrate. Her case also reminds us that we need to become more involved in advocating for our children. We need to assess the situation and determine who made various irresponsible and reckless decisions. We need to learn from this case and we need to put pressure on those that can bring these children home but choose not to, to take action.
With all of that being said – it’s time now to celebrate Jade’s coming home. Jade baby, we love you and we are so happy to see you home!