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Kidnapped San Mateo woman found in Mexico after 8 months, FBI says

Monica De Leon Barba, 30, was released by her kidnappers in Mexico on Friday, according to the FBI. | Source: FBI

A San Mateo woman who was kidnapped last November in Mexico has been found and is en route back to her home in the Bay Area, according to the FBI.

Monica de Leon Barba, 30, was released by her captors on Friday, the FBI said.

Barba was kidnapped while walking home from work with her dog on Nov. 29, last year in Tepatitlán, Jalisco, Mexico, according to authorities.

"For the past eight months, FBI personnel in California and Mexico have worked tirelessly with the family and with partners here and in Mexico," FBI Special Agent In Charge Robert Tripp said. "Our relief and joy at the safe return of Monica is profound."

The FBI was offered a reward of up to $40,000 for information on Barba's whereabouts and her captors.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation into the identity of her captors is still ongoing, Tripp added.

"The FBI investigation is far from over, but we can now work this case knowing an innocent victim is reunited with her family," Tripp said.

Joel Umanzor can be reached at jumanzor@sfstandard.com