A Texas girl has been reunited with her family after two church members spotted her kidnapper’s vehicle on May 19.

During a press briefing early Sunday morning, Buddy Calzada of the Fort Worth Police Department said:

“As you can see, there’s a smile on my face. I’m here to report that Salem has been found safe.”

CBS DFW reports that 8-year-old Salem Sabatka was walking alongside her mother in Fort Worth on May 18 when a man in a vehicle approached them and grabbed her.

According to CBS DFW,  the abduction occurred around 6:40 p.m. on Saturday in the 2900 block of 6th Avenue.

Further, Salem’s mother reportedly attempted to jump inside the vehicle to retrieve her daughter, but the driver pushed her out before driving off with Salem.

Thanks to a security camera at a nearby residence, police were able to release surveillance video and images of the suspect’s vehicle. Officers issued an Amber Alert asking members of the community to keep an eye out for Salem and the vehicle.

Around 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Fort Worth police received a tip from two local church members who were looking for Salem.

The members informed officers that they’d spotted the suspected vehicle at WoodSpring Suites, a hotel in Forest Hill.

According to NBC News, Jeff King, a local pastor and one of the two who reported the vehicle, said:

“I have two boys and I would have wanted as many eyes looking out for my boys as possible. I feel like God allowed me to be a tool.”

When officers arrived, they found Salem with no apparent physical harm. She was taken to a hospital and reunited with her family.

People reports that Calzada said of the two members:

“They’re our heroes tonight, ‘’ll tell you that. […] It’s a phenomenal feeling. We had citizens that went out of their way and helped not just the police department, but a family put some great closure to what we had going on right now.”

Further, police arrested the suspect, 51-year-old Michael Webb, and have charged him with aggravated kidnapping.

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