Above: Austin Hernandez in 1997 (left) and an age-progressed image to 25, circa 2021 (right)

Austin Cole Hernandez

Last seen in Tehachapi, California on April 28, 1997

Vital statistics: Hispanic male. Born on June 10, 1996. Brown hair, brown eyes. Was ten months at the time.

Circumstances: He is being concealed by his father, Gilbert Arredondo Hernandez, from his mother. A photo and vital statistics are posted below. He had threatened to leave Austin's mother, Rhonda Acord, and take Austin with him. A felony warrant was issued for him on May 28, 1997 and an FBI warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued for him on November 4, 1997. They may be in Las Vegas, Nevada, Los Angeles County or San Bernadino County in California, or may have left the country and traveled to Mexico. They may be traveling in a brown 1986 Nissan Maxima with California license plates 1NRE732. Gilbert's family is still believed to be in contact with him.

Above: Gilbert Hernandez in 1997 (left) and an age-progressed image to 46, circa 2011 (right)

Vital statistics: Hispanic male. Born on March 15, 1965. Black hair, brown eyes. He has a scar on the back of his head and he may wear a moustache. He may use the last name "Arrendondo Hernandez" and his nicknames are "Gil" and "Junior." Was thirty-two at the time.

If you have any information as to Austin's whereabouts, please contact the Kern Sheriff's Department at 661-861-3110. Any information received can be kept confidential.

Information used to compile this case file came from the following sources:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Charley Project
The Doe Network
California Missing Persons Registry
Federal Bureau of Investigation
NamUs National Missing Persons Data System
Bakersfield News and Kern County News

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