Julian Hernandez was five when he was reported missing by his mother in Birmingham, Alabama, in August 2012.
According to Vestavia Hills police, Julian Hernandez, who is now 18, was reported missing by his mother on Aug. 28, 2002. Police say he was suspected to have been abducted by a non-custodial parent.
“They (investigators) spent tireless hours doing everything they could to try to find him,” said Lt. Johnny Evans.
Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls said the case broke when Julian Hernandez was trying to apply for college when his Social Security number didn’t match his name.
Falls said a school counselor worked with Julian Hernandez to determine the reason, and that is when they found out that he was on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database.
The FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force in Cleveland, Ohio, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Vestavia Hills Police Department and the Birmingham Division of the FBI have been working on the case.
Police said the teen’s mother is “ecstatic” that her son has been found.
“That’s the reason you never give up and you keep looking,” said Evans.
The now-teenager’s father, Bobby Hernandez, was arrested and charged in connection with the abduction. He is also facing charges in Jefferson County for identity theft.
Falls said the father may also be charged in Alabama with interference of custody.
Evans said authorities are working to extradite Bobby Hernandez back to Alabama.