Austin Cole Hernandez
Austin, approximately 1997; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 21 (approximately 2017); Gilbert Arredondo Hernandez; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression of Gilbert to Age at the time of disappearance: 46 (approximately 2011)
Date reported missing : 04/28/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Family Abduction
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/10/1996 (25)
Age at the time of disappearance: 10 months old
Height / Weight : 2'0 - 2'2, 18 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown/hazel eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Austin disappeared from Tehachapi, California on April 28, 1997. He was abducted by his non-custodial father, Gilbert Arredondo Hernandez. An FBI warrant was issued for him on November 4, 1997. He may be driving a brown 1986 Nissan Maxima with the California license plate number 1NRE732.
Photos and an Age at the time of disappearance: -progressed imAge at the time of disappearance: of Gilbert are posted with this case summary. His DOB : is March 15, 1965, making him 32 years old at the time of Austin's abduction. He's described as Hispanic, 5'5 and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. HeĀ has a scar on the back of his head. He may have a mustache. His nickname is Gil Junior.
Austin's mother, Rhonda Accord, was married to Gilbert and living with him at the time of the abduction. She came home to find her husband and son gone. She stated Gilbert had previously threatened to leave her and take Austin.
Gilbert may have taken Austin to Las Vegas, Nevada, or to Los Angeles County or San Bernardino County in California. Accord believes his family may know his and Austin's whereabouts. Austin's case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Kern Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
California Attorney General's Office
Vanished Children's Alliance
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Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004. September 10, 2018; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression updated.