Austin Cole Hernandez

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Left: Austin, circa 1997;
Right: Age-progression to age 16 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 28, 1997 from Tehachapi, California
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: June 10, 1996
  • Age: 10 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'0 - 2'2, 18 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown/hazel eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Austin disappeared from Tehachapi, California on April 28, 1997. He was abducted by his non-custodial father, Gilbert Arredondo Hernandez. Gilbert's photograph and vital statistics are posted below this case summary. A Federal Bureau of Investigation (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.

    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 Bernadino County in California. Acord believes his family may know his and Austin's whereabouts. Austin's case remains unsolved.

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    Gilbert Arredondo Hernandez
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    Left and Center: Gilbert Arredondo Hernandez;
    Right: Age-progression to age 46 (circa 2011)

    Date of Birth: March 15, 1965
    Age: 32 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'5, 150 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Gilbert has a scar on the back of his head. He may have a mustache. His nickname is Gil Junior. Some agencies spell Gilbert's middle name "Arrendondo."

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kern Sheriff's Department
    661-861-3110

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    California Attorney General's Office
    Vanished Children's Alliance
    KERO 23
    NamUs

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    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 16, 2013; age-progression updated.

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