Man Realises Missing Boy From 13 Years Ago Is Him
Julian Hernandez, a 5-year-old boy from Alabama went missing in August 2002.
While police suspected his father, Bobby Hernandez kidnapped him as part of a "non-custodial parental abduction", no one was able to figure out exactly what happened.
13 years later, a young man 1100 kilometres away began applying from colleges.
The 18-year-old student had unknowingly been living under a different name in Cleveland, Ohio.
The dark secret was uncovered when there was a problem with his social security number failing to verify and the school counsellor helped get to the bottom of the situation.
Research lead the counsellor to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, when they found 5-year-old Julian's profile.
The missing boy was him.
His father, Bobby Hernandez, 53, was arrested on the spot and charged with tampering records and interference in custody.
"It's quite an exciting event and it's very rare, I've never seen this happen in my 25 years [in the force]" Lt. Johnny Evans from Vestavia Police Department in Alabama told news.com.au.
Julian's mother is reportedly "ecstatic" about the discovery.
What's next for Julian? At 18, it will be up to him as to whether he wants to come back to Alabama and live with his mum.
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