UPDATE: Avondale mom, toddler found safe

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Mother, daughter back at home

UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 11

The following is a news release from the Avondale Police Department.

AVONDALE -- An abducted Avondale woman and her 3-year-old have been found, according to police. Liliana Beatrice Iboa, 20, and Karen Bianay Cervantes, 3, were released by their captors shortly before midnight last night. According to reports, they were taken from an undisclosed location and dropped off in north Phoenix. Iboa stopped a passerby who assisted her in contacting police.

Iboa's husband reported them missing on Nov. 7 when he returned from out of town to discover that his house had been broken into. A caller contacted him stating that he had his wife and daughter, and demanded money for their release. Avondale police worked with other agencies on this kidnapping case after being notified on Saturday night.

"We are relieved that both mother and child are safe and unharmed," said Avondale Lt. Memo Espinoza. "Details of this case will be released as soon as the investigation is wrapped up."

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Avondale Police Department at (623) 333-7001 or the Silent Witness Hotline at 480-WITNESS (948-6377).


AVONDALE - Investigators are looking for a mother and her young daughter who may have been kidnapped.

Liliana Iboa, 20, and her 3-year-old daughter Karen Cervantes have been missing for several days. Liliana's husband, Benito Cervantes Mena, 26, told police he received a phone call on Friday from a man demanding $100,000 in exchange for his family.

Mena had been out of town and returned to his Avondale home to find it had been broken into and that his wife and daughter were missing.

Neighbor Carlos Martinez says the family had just moved in. "A little girl and a mom kidnapped I couldn't imagine that happening to me I would just go crazy. You know?"

Mena said he did not report the incident right away because he was afraid his wife and child would be hurt.

Mena has not had any further contact with the kidnapper/s since Saturday.

"We are concerned for the safety of Liliana and her little girl, who have been missing for days now without a trace," said Avondale police Lt. Memo Espinoza. "We are following up on all leads to ensure their safe return."

Investigators are asking for the public's help in providing information that would lead to their whereabouts.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Avondale Police Department at 623-333-7001 or the Silent Witness Hotline at 480-WITNESS (948-6377).