When he was just five years old, Julian Hernandez disappeared. His mother had reported him missing in August 2002 from Alabama, where it was suspected that his father, Bobby Hernandez, who disappeared at the same time, took him as part of a non-custodial parental abduction.
Police and the FBI searched for Julian tirelessly and after 13 years, surprising information came to the surface. Officers received a call proving that Julian Hernandez, now a teenager, had been found safe and sound in Cleveland, Ohio.
Julian Hernandez, now 18, was trying to apply for college when he found that his Social Security number did not match his name. With the help of a school counselor, the teen was shocked to discover he was in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database.
The FBI and missing children’s task force was contacted and it was confirmed that Julian was in fact the missing boy. Julian’s family was informed and as you would imagine, very relieved and overwhelmed.
After more than a decade of waiting and believing, the family released a statement Thursday, saying: “Our family was overjoyed this week to locate Julian and learn that he is safe. We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during Julian’s disappearance.”
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