An Alabama boy who vanished 13 years ago at the age of five accidentally solved his own missing persons case while applying to college. Julian Hernandez, now 18, was found alive in Ohio after he and his guidance counselor began probing into why several universities couldn’t verify his social security number. When they ran his information though the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s database, they discovered his missing poster. The boy’s mother reported him missing in 2002 from their home in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. At the time of Julian's disappearance, authorities suspected his father Bobby took him to Florida, but they could never track them down. Bobby Hernandez was arrested Monday on abduction charges.
All told, this case has involved the FBI's Violent Crime Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Vestavia Hills Police Department, and the Birmingham Division of the FBI. And Julian and his guidance counselor, of course. The authorities are working to extradite Bobby Hernandez back to Alabama to face charges. Hopefully, Julian can work through this mind-bending development in his life and still get into college. At this point, he should be a worthy recipient of several scholarships, and will at least have a pretty awesome essay.