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If Julian Hernandez hadn’t applied for college, he may have never found out he’s been on the missing children list for 13 years.

Now 18, Julian was reported missing from his Vestavia Hills, Alabama home in 2002. According to WVTM, investigators did “everything they could” to find Hernandez, but to no avail. His mother had a feeling the child’s father was behind the abduction.

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When Hernandez went to apply for schools, Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls said his Social Security number was not a match for his name. His high school counselor was puzzled, and then discovered he was in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database.

Julian’s father, Bobby Hernandez, has been arrested for tampering with records and providing false information to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Authorities may extradite Bobby Hernandez back to Alabama.

Meanwhile, Julian’s mother is happy to have her son back at home. She released a statement thanking everyone for their support over the years.

“Our family was overjoyed this week to locate Julian and learn that he is safe. We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during Julian’s disappearance. Although we appreciate the interest our story has generated, we will have to decline any requests for interviews or additional information at this time. We ask that the media respect our privacy as we focus on Julian’s well-being during this difficult time in his life.”

No word yet on Julian’s future school plans, but we wish him the best.

SOURCE: WVTM, Twitter | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform

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