Julian Hernandez who lives in Ohio with his dad was found Thirteen years after he was allegedly snatched from his Alabama home at age 5. This was discovered when his Social Security number raised red flags while applying for colleges.
In 2002, Julian Hernandez’s mother reported him missing from the Birmingham area, when his father left her a note saying he’d taken the boy the police said. They searched for years, but on Oct. 30th , that tip finally came in!
A school counselor, was trying to help him when she realized Hernandez was listed as missing by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, District Attorney Brandon Falls in Jefferson County, Alabama, told local media outlets. According to USA Today, Hernandez found himself on the National Center’s database.
Julian’s father, 53-year-old Bobby Hernandez, were living under assumed names with a woman and two other children.
Bobby Hernandez has been charged with tampering with records in Ohio to get a driver’s license in 2012, and police say he’ll face additional charges in Alabama. He’s being held in Ohio on a $250,000 bond. “We are in the process of getting charges on him and when that happens, when he is adjudicated in Ohio, then he will be extradited back to Jefferson County,” Lt. Johnny Evans of the Vestavia Hills police said. Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls told local media outlets that he’s seeking charges involving interference with custody — a felony carrying a prison term of one to 10 years.
Lt. Kevin York said police in Alabama have been in contact with the young man’s mother, who still lives in the Birmingham area. He said she has asked police not to release her name or address and has requested privacy. Police identified a spokesman for the woman, but he did not immediately return a message seeking comment. “She was very happy that he had been found, quite ecstatic, but she was also somewhat hesitant because there had been so many false leads through the years,” York said. Officers had received “hundreds of leads over the years of where he might be, from Florida to out of the country — Canada — and we followed up on every one of them, and they all turned out to be a dead end until I got the call Monday,” Evans added.
Julian Hernandez. “Is 18, he is an adult, so it’s kind of up to him now as to whether he wants to come back,” Evans said. Hernandez has been in contact with his mother, Evans said, but he wasn’t sure whether it was by phone, email or other methods. Evans said he doesn’t know much about what the young man has been doing, but he’s been told that Hernandez is a good student who seems well-adjusted.