Missing for Decades: Man Reunites with Border Patrol Agents

David Amaya, 37, was abducted by his father and taken to Mexico more than 30 years ago

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    Agents at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station speak exclusively to NBC 7 about finding a man-- David Amaya, 37-- in an Imperial Beach canyon and later discovering he was an American citizen who had been abducted as a toddler. NBC 7's Candice Nguyen reports on the reunion between Amaya and Border Patrol Agent Troy Matthews.

    Agents at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station spoke exclusively to NBC 7 San Diego Friday about finding a man in an Imperial Beach canyon and later discovering he was an American citizen who had been abducted as a toddler.

    Agent Troy Matthews said around 9 p.m. on Oct. 30, patrolling agents found a disheveled David Amaya, 37, in Goat Canyon with several undocumented immigrants.

    They learned Amaya had traveled several hundred miles from near Mexico City to cross the border into the United States.

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    There are new developments in the amazing story surrounding a toddler abducted more than 30 years ago and just discovered crossing the border into San Diego. Unfortunately, David Amaya had no money to meet his mother in Wisconsin— until the right people heard his story. NBC 7’s Todd Strain reports.

    Amaya told the agents he was an American citizen. Agents at the Imperial Beach station took initiative and looked into his case.

    They found Amaya had a birth certificate out of Chicago, and were able to contact Amaya’s mother.

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    Kathy Amaya told NBC 7 she hasn’t seen her son David since he was just a toddler. Her husband at the time took the boy to Mexico and she said she’s been looking for the child ever since.

    “I get a phone call, ‘Hey Sir, you’re not going to believe this. This guy is telling the truth. We contacted his mother. She’s been looking for him for over 30 years,’“ Agent Matthews said, describing the moment agents pieced everything together.

    When they told Amaya they contacted his mother, Agent Matthews said Amaya was visibly overwhelmed with emotion.

    “He kept looking around the room trying to make eye contact with somebody to verify. He was looking for the truth. When he realized it, he put his head in his hands and started crying,” Agent Matthews recalled.

    Matthews told NBC 7 there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

    “The most touching moment was when he said he was abandoned. His father told him his entire life his mother abandoned him and left him as a baby. The mother said, ‘Please tell him that’s not true. That’s not true. I’ve been looking for him,’“ he explained.

    Imperial Beach Border Patrol agents say they were so touched by Amaya's story, they started a collection box for Amaya at the station. They raised about $175 and gave it to Amaya on Friday.

    Amaya's story has received national attention, with many strangers coming forward offering donations to help cover travel costs for Amaya to finally reunite with his mother.

    If you would like to donate to Amaya's fund, donations can be made at any Cabrillo Credit Union under the account name "David Amaya Barrick."

    Additionally, donations can be mailed to:

    Cabrillo Credit Union
    Re: David Amaya Barrick
    10075 Carroll Canyon Road
    San Diego, CA 92131

    You can also wire money to Cabrillo Credit Union:

    Attn: David Amaya Barrick
    Routing number: 322274488

    In support of David Amaya Barrick and the agents from the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station, Cabrillo Credit Union donated $250 to get Amaya started.

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