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Young boy abducted 13 years ago found alive by police

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Julian Tiberius Hernandez and his father Bobby
Julian Tiberius Hernandez and his father Bobby

A young boy abducted by his father more than 13 years ago has been found alive and well in the US.

Julian Tiberius Hernandez went missing in Birmingham, Alabama in August of 2002. 

At the time it was suspected his father, Bobby Hernandez, was behind the abduction. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) yesterday announced the then 5-year-old had been located by authorities. 

Authorities said they received information from a member of the public that a teenager in the Cleveland area may be a missing child from Alabama. 

Federal agents contacted the Vestavia Hills Police Department, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Birmingham FBI office, to help confirm the teen's identity, AL.com reported

Agents made contact with the boy and on Monday confirmed the 18-year-old as Julian Hernandez. 

His 53-year-old father was subsequently arrested and is currently charged with one count of tampering with records.

The charge relates to giving false information to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to get a driver's license in 2012, police said. He is also facing additional charges in relation to the abduction, police added. 

His bond at the Cuyahoga County Jail is $250,000. 

On the morning of the disappearance Bobby agreed to take the boy to school but took some possessions, withdrew cash and fled with him. They had been living in Cleveland for much of the time since.