FBI offers $40k reward for info on San Mateo woman kidnapped in Mexico

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $40,000 reward for information on the kidnapped San Mateo woman.  

On November 29, 2022, Monica de Leon Barba was walking from work in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, Mexico, when she was kidnapped. 

The FBI’s San Francisco Field Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating De Leon, a U.S. citizen born in Jalisco but lived in San Mateo. 

De Leon is described as 29 years old, 5’7″, 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. A Facebook group has been established by De Leon’s friends and family to help locate her.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the FBI’s Toll-Free tipline at 1-800-225-5324.


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