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Interpol Denies Kidnapping a Girl From Mexico and Sending Her to Texas for a DNA Test

The bizarre case left officials at a loss for explaining why 14-year-old Alondra Luna Nuñez was kidnapped from school at the request of a Houston mother looking for a missing girl who is also named Alondra.

by Andrea Noel
Apr 25 2015, 1:10am

Photo by Mario Armas/AP

Mexican officials kidnapped a girl in an apparent case of mistaken identity, embarrassing local officials and raising questions about why such an operation even took place. And now the international police agency Interpol said it had nothing to do with the incident on April 16 in the central industrial state of Guanajuato.

"INTERPOLHQ not involved in Alondra case," the agency tweeted on Thursday.

"We would advise you to contact the Mexican authorities for any details," an Interpol press officer said in response to further inquiries from VICE News.

Alondra Luna Nuñez, 14, was dragged screaming and kicking from her middle school in the city of Guanajuato, as captured by video footage that quickly went viral. At one point Alondra grabs the hair of female officers holding her and refuses to let go.

She was taken by Mexican authorities who said they were acting at the behest of Interpol, to send Nuñez to the United States for DNA testing related to a missing-persons case.

Related: Mexico's Government Is Brushing Off Report of Another State Massacre of Unarmed Civilians.

The girl and her family pleaded with authorities to have her testing take place in Mexico, but judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado García, from a court in the neighboring state of Michoacán, initially denied the request.

The girl's detention and removal from the country apparently resulted because a Texas woman claimed that Alondra Luna Nuñez was her missing daughter, Alondra Díaz, who was kidnapped by the girl's father in Houston in 2007 in a custody dispute.

Alondra Luna Nuñez was taken to Houston, where tests determined she was not the missing girl, Alondra Díaz, 13.

It turns out the girls have nothing in common but their first names.

"It's terrible that they could do this do you," said the Guanajuato girl's mother, Susana Nuñez, upon her arrival back in Mexico after the four-day ordeal in the US.

The girl seemed at ease once back in the embrace of her family.

"I see that the United States is nice," the girl said in a video recorded during her stay in Houston. "I don't understand anything they're saying, because everything is in English."

It's not yet clear under what circumstances authorities handed Alondra Luna Nuñez to the missing Texas girl's mother, Dorotea García.

"I saw my daughter," García said of the first time she saw Alondra in Mexico. "Whatever explanation I give won't change the minds of people in Mexico or here."

The case outraged social-media users in Mexico, who complained there was no evident legal basis upon which to detain the girl. Interpol's denial this week further clouded the circumstances surrounding Alondra Luna Nuñez's kidnapping.

Mexico's federal attorney general's office said Wednesday there would be no investigation into the actions of the police who took Alondra from her school, since they were fulfilling a judge's order.

But on Friday, the Michoacán state prosecutor said the judge who signed off on Alondra's detention would be investigated. Other Mexican officials reached by VICE News either denied knowledge of the case or said they were unauthorized to speak about it.

"All the information pointed to Alondra as being the girl," the judge responsible for the ruling told one news outlet after Alondra's return.

Related: Mexican Robbers Might Have No Idea What They're Taking in Radioactive Material Thefts.

Follow Andrea Noel on Twitter @MetabolizedJunk.