Missing Chicago toddler emerges after three decades
DAVID Amaya, who as a toddler was abducted by his father from Chicago to Mexico, is hoping to meet his mother for the first time in more than 30 years
Now only able to speak Spanish Mr Amaya has spoken to his mother, Kathy, on the phone after resurfacing in San Diego, California.
He had been told by his father she had abandoned him.
The truth is that she has been looking for her son ever since he was whisked to Mexico more than three decades ago
Mr Amaya was raised by his grandparents in Mexico and only saw his father a few times after his abduction.
His return to the USA proved difficult with border officials, who refused to believe he was an American citizen, detaining him for two days.
However he was admitted after his birth certificate was found.
It showed he had been born in Chicago, Illinois in 1976.
"My father told me my mother had left me abandoned and orphaned," he told the KNSD via an interpreter.
"I don't know my mother and I find out she's been looking for me for 30 years and I have the longing to meet her for the first time."
Now in San Diego, he is hoping to raise enough money to visit his mother and four siblings in Wisconsin.