Man who went missing 8 years ago while out walking his dogs finally reunited with family

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A man who went missing eight years ago while he was out walking his dogs in Houston, Texas has been found alive and is now reunited with his family.

Rudy Farias, then 17, was reported missing in 2015 and is now recovering in a hospital bed with cuts and bruises all over his body after being discovered by a good Samaritan slumped outside of a church. 

He was found on Saturday with blood in his hair, showing obvious signs that he had been badly abused and beaten, according to his worried mother.

Farias, who is now 25, was reunited with his family on the same day after an agonizing period of several years where they did not know what had happened to him. 

In a message that detailed his condition, his family wrote: ‘It’s him!!! It’s our Rudy’.

Rudy Farias went missing while he was walking his two dogs near his family's home near Tidwell and Park Drive in Houston, Texas on March 6, 2015

Rudy Farias went missing while he was walking his two dogs near his family’s home near Tidwell and Park Drive in Houston, Texas on March 6, 2015

Farias was found with blood found in his hair, showing obvious signs that he had been badly abused and beaten, according to his worried mother. He is now recovering in hospital

Farias was found with blood found in his hair, showing obvious signs that he had been badly abused and beaten, according to his worried mother. He is now recovering in hospital

Farias's family posted a message detailing his condition. It notes that his road to recovery is expected to be a long one

Farias’s family posted a message detailing his condition. It notes that his road to recovery is expected to be a long one 

They added: ‘He’s been found alive and in the hospital for awhile!! Nikki Garza and I just literally left the hospital a few minutes ago after being there most of the evening and night.

‘Rudy is in pretty bad shape, he has cuts, soft tissue tomors, small openings and swelling on the soles of his feet, along with bruising, old and new cuts/scrapes on his body, old dry blood on his head and hair, he has very very dark complexion now almost unrecognisable.

‘It broke our hearts to see him in this condition.

‘God only knows what he has endured during his time away from home.’

The note mentions that he is in a lot of pain. 

It continues: ‘He flintches if you try to touch him or hug him thinking we are going to strike him.

‘He thinks his name is Julio Torres and he is 14 now.’ 

Farias’ mother said they have tried to speak to him, but he will only say a few words and adopts the fetal position.

She said it will be a long healing journey but she is pleased that he has been found alive.

Farias went missing while he was walking his two dogs near his family’s home near Tidwell and Park Drive on March 6, 2015.

At the time that he went missing, he suffered from PTSD, depression and anxiety, Texas EquuSearch said in 2015. 

‘It is possible he is disoriented as he has not been taking his medication,’ the organization said as they launched a search. 

His family reported him missing after the dogs were recovered.

Good Samaritans called the emergency services when they found the boy unresponsive outside a church, his mother said. She told KPRC he was in ‘bad shape’ mentally and physically.

They also noted that he had attempted suicide in the past.  

Years before he disappeared, 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.

A missing person note details what he was wearing at the time that he went missing. It also mentioned that he suffered from depression, PTSD and anxiety

A missing person note details what he was wearing at the time that he went missing. It also mentioned that he suffered from depression, PTSD and anxiety

Farias was found with cuts and bruises all over his body on Saturday. His mother said they have tried to speak to him, but he will only say a few words and adopts the fetal position

Farias was found with cuts and bruises all over his body on Saturday. His mother said they have tried to speak to him, but he will only say a few words and adopts the fetal position

Speaking to KPRC, Texas EquuSearch director Tim Miller said: ‘How did this happen? We believe in miracles and this certainly was a miracle. 

‘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.’

He added: ‘There’s a lot to investigate to kind of see what happened, where it happened, how it happened.’

Authorities said they temporarily suspended the search for Farias on March 10, 2015, while they attempted to gather more information. 

On March 12, the hunt continued but it was stopped the following day.

Authorities did not initially believe foul play was involved when he disappeared.

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