When he was just 5-years-old, Julian Hernandez was taken away from his mother in Alabama. Back in 2002, his mother reported him missing, but the search ended up in vain. She suspected that his father, Bobby Hernandez, took him as part of a noncustodial parental abduction, but he vanished as well.
It was apparent that Hernandez abducted his son during a custody dispute, but because he went under the radar (meaning he drained all previous bank accounts and leaving no traces), it was impossible to find him.
It took 13 years for the police department to finally find a lead on little Julian Hernandez.
The incredible story unraveled when the 18-year-old boy was applying to college.
While trying to apply to college, Julian found out that his social security number did not match his name. Confused, Julian went to his counselor for help. She ran a background check on Hernandez and discovered that he was listed as a missing person by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Local authorities were then notified and an investigation was done.
After months of investigation, it was confirmed that Julian Hernandez has been found.
The father, Bobby Hernandez, has since been charged with tampering with records. Officials say he will be extradited back to Alabama to face additional charges, which may include interfering with custody, a felony that carries imprisonment of up to 10 years.