Lopez family looks forward to reunion - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Lopez family looks forward to reunion

Less than a day after Veronica Lopez was found in Georgia, her mother Bertha Lopez could not contain her joy.

Deputies discovered Veronica and her abductor, Cipriano Ovalle, in a mobile home park just outside of Athens, Georgia Tuesday night. The Oconee County said five deputies went to the park on a tip. The sheriff said Ovalle did not resist, and Veronica was hungry and thirsty, but not hurt.
Ovalle was in an Oconee County jail Wednesday, charged with a felony.  The sheriff said Ovalle previously lived in the mobile home park where the pair was discovered.

Ovalle lives next door to the Lopez family, and Veronica's mother said he was infatuated with the younger Lopez and wouldn't leave her alone.  Ovalle is accused of abducting the 16 year-old from the intersection of Lamar and American Way on Monday.  Witnesses said Ovalle armed, with a tire iron, beat Lopez's cousin before abducting her . Ovalle faces possible federal charges for kidnapping and local charges of assault.

Ovalle will likely appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing.  It was not known if he will fight extradition back to Memphis.

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