Vestavia Hills, Alabama Boy Missing Since 2002 Located in Ohio

Vestavia Hills, Alabama Boy Missing Since 2002 Located in Ohio


Vestavia Hills police say that a child reported missing from the area since 2002 has been located in Ohio.


Julian Hernandez was reported missing by his mother in August 2002 when he was 5 years old. He is now 18.

It was suspected at the time that Julian’s father, Bobby Hernandez, took the child.

The Cleveland Division of the FBI says they received a tip October 30 that a person living in the city could be a missing child from Alabama. Three days later, authorities confirmed that individual is Julian Hernandez.

Bobby Hernandez has been charged in Ohio in connection to the abduction and will also face charges in Jefferson County. He could face additional charges at a later date, according to Vestavia Hills police.

Julian’s mother and family have been notified that he was found safe and unharmed.

Vestavia Hills Police thanked the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force, the Birmingham Division of the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their assistance in the case.

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