New details released surrounding the 29-year-old missing Madera woman who was found

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The Madera County Sheriff’s Office released details Saturday surrounding the circumstances of finding a missing, at-risk 29-year-old.

Yesenia Toledo was reported missing by her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day, saying she was last seen at the home she shares with him and their two children on North Lake Street.

Her boyfriend told police he left their home with one of their children for a short period of time. When he returned, he saw their four-month-old home alone, with Yesenia no where to be found.

On Friday at around midnight, investigators found her “alive and well” in the 1300 block of Concord Avenue.

It doesn’t appear she was kidnapped or held against her will, authorities say. However, because she reportedly left her child home alone, child endangerment charges are being requested.

Detectives then served a search warrant at their residence on Lake Street, and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Jamie Garcia, who was the original reporting party, was arrested and booked at the Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of possession of a stolen handgun and felon in possession of a firearm.

Sheriff Jay Varney released a statement regarding the department’s search efforts:

It’s unfortunate that neither involved party was forthcoming with accurate information in this case. Despite these roadblocks, our investigators did an outstanding job tracking down the truth.

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