- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A 12-year-old girl who was reported kidnapped in November and found in Tennessee was swarmed by family members when she returned home yesterday.
Johania Funes looked stunned as she faced cameras and didn’t speak to reporters.
Her family including both sisters, her parents and an aunt sobbed and gave Johania a group hug.
“Imagine how happy I feel. So happy,” her mother, Ilsa Escobar, had said through an interpreter earlier while waiting for her daughter. She reported Johania missing Nov. 26 after the girl failed to show up for school.
On Saturday morning, Johania was found “safe and unharmed” at an apartment complex in Jackson, Tenn., authorities said. Raymundo Barrios Roblero, 24, was later arrested at a friend’s house in Carroll County, Ky., according to the FBI.
When Johania disappeared, her family suspected she had run away, but police said she had been seen talking at a school bus stop with a man the family knew.
Mr. Roblero lived one floor above Mrs. Escobar’s apartment in a south Minneapolis complex, though Mrs. Escobar said she knew little about him.
Authorities tracked Johania down after she used a calling card to phone her family Dec. 14 from Jackson, said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Tammy Diedrich, who escorted the girl home.
The phone card belonged to a friend of Mr. Roblero, she said yesterday.
FBI agents looked for Mr. Roblero shortly after the girl’s disappearance, and he was charged last month with kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Last week, the FBI in Minneapolis received a tip that Mr. Roblero was in Jackson, a city of about 100,000 people some 120 miles west of Nashville.
He faces an extradition hearing this week, Sgt. Diedrich said.
Mrs. Escobar said, “We hope that he is punished so that another family does not have to go through what our family has gone through.”

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