Parental abductions into Mexico a problem ArizonaPosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Keith Corley has only a handful of photos by which to remember his daughter Natasha Paula Corely. She was just 16 months old when she vanished five years ago in August 2006. Corely says his ex-wife, who had shared custody, took their child to her home county -- Mexico.
"I went there to pick her up, knocked on the door, there was no answer," Corely explained, recalling the day his daughter went missing.
Corely gets by every day, but it's not easy.
"You learn to accept it," he said. "You learn to deal with it. You never get over it."
Unfortunately, Corely's case is not unique.
Scott Renner with the U.S. Department of State said hundreds of parental abductions into Mexico happen every year, but there are ways to help prevent it.
"If you put the passport alert in, this will say that no one can get a passport without your permission," he explained. "This prevents one parent from going into a passport office and saying the other parent is deceased."
Corley didn't know about the passport alert when his ex, Anabel Allende, took his little girl.
In the five years they've been gone, Corley he's paid private investigators to try and find them, but has no luck.
A federal warrant for Allende, who, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, could be going by the names Ana Leon or Anabel Corley, was issued in September 2007
"My daughter does need her mother in her life, but I also want to be in her life," Corley said.
Renner said his department has increased the number of people working international child abduction cases into Mexico from three to 11 three years ago.
The Scottsdale Police Department said the last tip they got about Natasha's whereabouts was in 2009, but it turned out to be unsuccessful.
The FBI is now handling the case.
"I hate the fact that she's being brought up in a Third World country," Corley said. "I love her and have never given up on her and I never will."
To take a look at an age-progression photo of Natasha, who is 6 now, and a photo of her mother, visit MissingKids.com.
If you know where Natasha Corley or Anabel Allende is, police want to hear from you.
You can call 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST), the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000, or the Phoenix Division of the FBI at 602-279-5511.