Boy Reported Missing 13 Years Ago Found in Cleveland
Missing boy found 13 years later
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A prosecutor says a child who had been missing from Alabama and turned up 13 years later in Ohio was found in part because of red flags raised when he tried to apply for college.
District Attorney Brandon Falls in Jefferson County, Alabama, tells local news outlets that Julian Hernandez's Social Security number kept coming back incorrect, so he went to a school counselor to help. Falls says the counselor realized Hernandez was listed as missing by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Authorities say Hernandez was 5 when his mother reported him missing. He's now 18. Falls says it's unlikely he knew he was listed as missing.
FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson says he was apparently living in Cleveland with his father, 53-year-old Bobby Hernandez.
Falls says he's seeking charges against Bobby Hernandez, involving interference with custody. That's a class C felony carrying a prison term of 1-10 years.
Authorities say Julian Hernandez is safe and unharmed.