A 25-year-old missing Houston man was reportedly found alive Saturday with cuts and bruises all over his body after he vanished as a teenager eight years ago, according to officials and family.
Rudy Farias, reported missing in 2015, was miraculously reunited with his family Saturday, the Texas Center for the Missing tweeted in a shocking update Sunday.
Farias, then 17, disappeared while he was walking his two dogs near his family’s home.
While the dogs made it back home, Farias never did, according to a missing person organization.
The young man is now in the hospital after good Samaritans called 911 when they spotted him outside a church unresponsive, his mother said, according to reports.
He had cuts and bruises, and blood in his hair, she told KTRK.
His mother additionally confirmed to KPRC that her son was in “bad shape” mentally and physically, but she was grateful to have him back.
The now-25-year-old was walking his dogs in a north Houston neighborhood when he vanished in 2015.
At the time of his disappearance, he suffered from depression, PTSD and anxiety, Texas EquuSearch said in 2015.
“It is possible he is disoriented as he has not been taking his medication,” the organization said back then as it launched a search for Farias.
Years before he went missing, his brother was killed in a motorcycle crash, the family said in 2015, according to NBC News.
“He watched his best friend die right in front of him,” Brenda Paradise, a private investigator hired by the family, said in 2015.
Texas EquuSearch director Tim Miller called the latest development a miracle.
“How did this happen? We believe in miracles and this certainly was a miracle,” Miller said. “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.”
Miller also said there are a lot of questions swirling now that Farias has returned.
“There’s a lot to investigate to kind of see what happened, where it happened, how it happened,” he said.
Authorities did not initially believe foul play was involved when he went missing.
More information about his disappearance was not immediately known Sunday night.
By David Propper