CLEVELAND - On April 2, 2004, 14-year-old DeJesus went missing. She was last seen around West 105 Street and Lorain Avenue. Her mother, Nancy Ruiz, said she believed DeJesus was sold into human trafficking.
DeJesus grew up less than two miles from where she was found on the city's west side.
"Gina's story is reason to never give up hope and never give up faith,” said Sandra Ruiz.
Since her disappearance, Gina’s mother Nancy Ruiz has been a local advocate for missing children and the dangers of human trafficking.
“I always said it from the beginning; she was sold to the highest bidder,” she said in April 2012.
Relatives of Gina DeJesus said the teen who went missing nearly a decade ago is healthy and doing well.
“Gina is doing well, she's in good spirits,” said Sandra Ruiz off camera. “She remembers everyone.”
“She asked for her brother and sister and her nieces that they all lived with,” said Sheila Figaro, DeJesus' second cousin.
Figaro said she and her family never gave up hope that DeJesus would be found alive.
“I just broke into joyful tears,” she added when she heard the news tonight.
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