When Julian Hernandez was just 5, he vanished.
His mom had in August 2002 reported him missing from Alabama, where it was believed that his dad, Bobby Hernandez, took him as part of a noncustodial parental kidnapping, the Vestavia Hills Police Department stated.
Investigators attempted in vain to locate the youngster, spending “tireless hours performing everything they could to search for him.
It took thirteen years for an update to come in little Julian Hernandez’s case, when officials stated he had been found in Ohio safe and unhurt.
Julian Hernandez, currently eighteen, was seeking to sign up for college when he discovered that his Social Security number didn’t match his name.
Through the help of a school counselor, the teenager found he was on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database, officials stated.
The Birmingham Division of the FBI, theNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children, members of FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force in Cleveland and the Vestavia Hills Police Department worked on the case and on 2nd November, it was proved that Julian had been found, she stated.
Bobby was arrested and charged in Cuyahoga County in Ohio with one count of interfering with records.
The charge arose from documentation the elder Hernandez gave in 2012 at the driver’s license bureau. He was held on a bond of $250,000.
An arrest warrant was granted for Bobby Hernandez for the crime of interference with custody.
Bobby will be held without bond as soon as the warrant is served and he is extradited to Jefferson County, Alabama, from Ohio, the District Attorney’s office stated.
His lawyer, Ralph DeFranco, didn’t instantly return a request for comment.
Julian’s biological mom was informed that her son had been found, the FBI stated.
The family refused to give more details and requested privacy as they concentrate on the teenager’s health.
The FBI stated at a press conference that since Julian is eighteen, he will get to choose where and with whom he lives.
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