Missing 13-Year-Old Found With Homeless Man

October 18th, 2010 by Staff

OCOEE, Fla. — A teen girl from Ocoee, who was missing for nearly two days, was reunited with her family early Saturday morning.

Nancy Laborico, 13, disappeared Thursday morning. She was last seen walking to Ocoee Middle School.

According to Ocoee Police, Laborico was found with 21-year-old Carlos Alberto Cordoba-Lopez.

“As a person, I’d describe him as a nice – a good person. He’s not that bad. And he’s not a person who’d harm someone badly. Or do something,” Laborico said.

Cordoba-Lopez was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail. He’s charged with interference with custody.

“He’s in jail now. What do you hope happens?” WFTV reporter Ryan Hughes asked the girl.

“That he gets to come back out,” she said.

Family members knew from the start Cordoba-Lopez had something to do with Laborico’s disappearance. He’s homeless and was known to frequent the neighborhood. Plus, he’s apparently friends with Laborico’s older brother.

“He took away the most precious thing this family had – their little sister,” said Elsa Ramirez, Laborico’s sister, through an interpreter.

The girl, though, was not phased by all the commotion her disappearance caused.

“For me it was blown up a little,” she said.

She would not answer questions about whether she went with Cordoba-Lopez willingly on Thursday morning.

“That’s for the cops to know. And me and my family,” Laborico said.

At one point, family members feared Cordoba-Lopez took Laborico to his native Mexico. She said he never mentioned going there. She did not discuss if she was harmed during the ordeal.

WFTV called Ocoee Police to find out why Cordoba-Lopez was not charged with kidnapping. Phone calls were not immediately returned.


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