Girl reported missing since 2006 found safe in Loudoun

A child abducted from California in 2006 was found safe in Sterling this week, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The girl was six years old when her father reported her missing from their home in Los Angeles. The child, now 12, was found Monday living with her mother, Maria E. Cano, and Cano’s boyfriend in a home on West Nettle Tree Road in Sterling, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Following the girl’s disappearance, authorities suspected that Cano had taken the girl and left the country. The pair were believed to be traveling in a stolen car that was never recovered, authorities said.

The girl was found after Los Angeles police received a tip though the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children web site earlier this month, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Cano, 39, was arrested April 16 and is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond, authorities said.

She is awaiting extradition to California, where she is wanted on charges of child concealment and multiple counts of grand theft, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The girl, who was enrolled at Sterling Middle School, had no contact with her father for the past six years, according to Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

She is now in the process of being returned to her father, Mills said.

“It’s a sad story, but with a good outcome,” Mills said. “It gives other families hope that they can be reunited with their loved ones. So it’s a positive outcome that the girl is safe.”

This item has been updated.

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Caitlin Gibson is a local news and features writer for The Washington Post.

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