An 18-year-old in Ohio finds out he was classified as a missing person from Alabama 13 years ago after he tried to apply for college. Julian Hernandez was in the legal custody of his mother when he disappeared on August 28, 2002. He was 5 then. It was suspected that his father, Bobby Hernandez, took him as part of a non-custodial parental abduction, according to the Vestavia Hills Police Department, just south of Birmingham.
A lead in the case came on Sunday, when Vestavia Hills police were contacted by the FBI in Cleveland about a missing child. The case broke when the missing boy was trying to apply for college, Brandon Falls, the district attorney for Jefferson County, WVTM. He ran into problems when his Social Security number didn’t match his name. A school counselor worked with him to determine why. It was then they found out that he was on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database.
The missing child they were able to locate and positively identify is now 18. Julian’s mother and family were notified of his recovery. Bobby Hernandez was arrested Monday in the abduction. The court records from Cuyahoga County in Ohio did not specify exact charges against him.
Bobby Hernandez made his first appearance in the Cuyahoga County Court on Wednesday, and his bond was set at $250,000. In addition to the charges in Ohio, Hernandez will face charges in Jefferson County, Alabama, in the 2002 abduction. He may face additional charges.
The Vestavia Hills Police Department worked in collaboration with the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force in Cleveland, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Birmingham Division of the FBI.
Yesterday Julian spoke out, telling the world he just wants to be “normal”.
“I’m not angry at my father in the slightest. I remember that he used to ask me “If I ever committed a terrible crime, would you still love me?” I still do, even after learning everything.” “At this point I just simply want to be normal!” Julian Hernandez said in a statement provided by the FBI in Cleveland, Ohio. “I want to go through my day like I did before this week, just being a normal 18 year old.” “I have goals that I am striving to meet, so please, again, respect my request for privacy,” he added. “I just want to be left alone.”
His mother is said to be “ecstatic” that her son has finally been found,
Bobby Hernandez is now facing abduction charges. Hernandez’s lawyer, Ralph DeFranco told ABC News today his client is remorseful.