Rudolph “Rudy” Farias IV, a boy that went missing has been found alive, the Texas Center for the Missing said.
According to a missing person flyer, Rudy had been lost since March 6, 2015. He was then 17 years old and went out to walk his dogs around 6 pm in northwest Houston when he vanished.
One of the dogs reportedly returned home hours later, and the other came back the following day, but Rudy was nowhere to be found.
His mother told CNN affiliate KTRK, that someone called 911 after finding him unresponsive outside a church, with cuts and bruises.
He will only speak a few words at a time before going into a fetal position, Farias’ mother said. She expects it will be a long healing journey, she told KTRK.
Rudy was reportedly said to be in “bad shape,” physically and mentally, and had several bruises, burns, and scrapes at the time he was found.
No information has been gotten on where he has been and how he got to the church.
“How did this happen? We believe in miracles and this certainly was a miracle,” said Tim Miller, director for Texas EquuSearch. “I can’t even tell you how many times we searched and how many leads and tips came in and they just kind of faded away and now all of a sudden, this.”
“In the beginning, we met with the family and detectives out there and we found a backpack. We talked to someone with a catering truck that said they saw him, then there were different possible sightings in different places”.
“I think now there’s a lot of questions. There’s a lot to investigate to kind of see what happened, where it happened, how it happened,” Miller said.
Rudy was also said to have suffered from depression for months.
“He watched his best friend die right in front of him. His brother was his best friend in the world. He’s just gone through so much more than anyone his age ever should,” a private investigator working for the Farias family was quoted saying on Dateline in 2015.
The investigator at that time, did not suspect any foul play.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about 360,000 reports of missing children were made to the FBI in 2022. Though the stat might include duplicates.