JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA/WSPA) — A baby who was kidnapped from a Florida hospital in 1998 has been found in South Carolina, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Kamiyah Mobley was kidnapped just hours after her birth on July 10, 1998.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that the young woman has been found in Walterboro, S.C.
The kidnapper was recorded by hospital surveillance cameras, but was never found.
Gloria Williams, 51, of Walterboro, has been charged with kidnapping and interference with custody.
No photos of the child were ever taken.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference that a woman posing as a health care worker walked out of the hospital with the newborn and disappeared.
Several agencies launched a lengthy investigation and followed up on more than 2,500 leads in their search for the victim.
Williams said officers found an 18-year-old teen with the same date of birth, but a different name in South Carolina.
Investigators obtained a DNA sample from her and received confirmation Thursday night from the results that the young woman is Kamiyah Mobley.
Williams did not reveal the name that she has lived under all these years. He said they don’t want her to suffer more trauma. He said his agency is respecting her privacy and asked others to do the same.
“Please remember that this young woman was abducted as a newborn, and she’s going to need time and assistance to process all of this,” he said.