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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.

Sources: NBC News