National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
An age progression photo, guessing what Julian might look like at age 16.
A Cleveland teen learned he had been abducted by his father in Alabama in 2002 when he applied to colleges and had trouble verifying his social security number.
Julian Hernandez, now 18, with the aid of a high school counselor, located his name on a database with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Authorities were alerted.
Hernandez was officially identified on Monday. He'd been living with his father, Bobby Hernandez, in Tremont, in a home directly across the street from the Tremont Athletic Club
. He was unharmed.
Julian was reported missing in August, 2002, when he was only five, by his mother in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. It was presumed at the time that he'd been kidnapped by his father Bobby, who didn't have custody, and that they'd assume different names.
Bobby Hernandez was arrested here in Cuyahoga County and is being held on charges of tampering with records and providing false information to the BMV. He will likely face charges of abduction back in Alabama.
Julian's mother, through a spokesperson, told Alabama's WVTM
that she was grateful for the wave of support her son's story had generated, but that she wouldn't be granting any media requests.
"We ask that the media respect our privacy as we focus on Julian's well-being during this difficult time in his life," she said.