Cops say Von Marie Morales' boyfriend at the time, Galo Manolo Amaluisa, took her to Quito, Ecuador at age 14 using fake paperwork.
She had a child, who was three at the time of her recovery, and was living and working there, according to police.
When the two started having relationship problems, cops say Amaluisa called immigration and told them that Von Marie was in the country illegally.
It was an attempt to keep her from fleeing with his child, but police say before immigration arrived, Von Marie ran to the U.S. Embassy for help on July 30, 2009.
Von Marie's mother was notified and flew to Ecuador to be with her daughter.
The girl did not have a passport, but her U.S. citizenship was verified through a birth certificate, family photos and her mother's statement.