Mom, daughter reunited after 16 years

Published: October 6, 2006 | 4885th good news item since 2003

After 16 years, Kerrie Martin was anxiously only minutes away from seeing her daughter descend back into her life as she waited at the airport.

Martin said she long ago stopped letting herself believe she would ever see her child again. In July 1990, Martin’s estranged husband abducted their 2-year-old daughter, Katie Jo Reyes, to Mexico.

But in late September, Martin got a call from her daughter, which led her to an airport to finally reunite.

As Martin stood in the airport, the plane made her wait just a tad bit longer after arriving 13 minutes late.

“Hi momma, this is driving me crazy,” she said while talking to her own mother on a cell phone.

Reyes, now 18, moved from Mexico to Atlanta to go to school and search for her mother about a year and a half ago. But it was a minor scrape with the law that actually got her to reach her second goal.

After being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass, Reyes was fingerprinted and Georgia police made a call to Texas detectives.

Finally, Reyes got off the plane and the tears began to flow.

“You ok?” Martin asked her daughter. “…You’re so pretty.”

Despite Katie’s lack of English, they were able to communicate with their smiles and an embrace.

“I love you,” Martin said as she held her daughter’s face. “You know that right?”

Published in Life, Reunited
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