A 58-year-old man with six adults with age ranging from 18 to 25 years was found to have altogether lived in a hidden room in a basement located in the northern province of Drenthe, Netherlands.
They were found after one of the six adults who reportedly wanted to end the way they lived, ran away to seek help. He went to drink at a local hub in the nearby village of Ruinerwold, where Chris Westerbeek, the Bar owner noticed him. He reported:
“Then I had a chat with him and he revealed he had run away and needed help… then we called the police,” he said.
He added: “He had long hair, a dirty beard, wore old clothes and looked confused. He’d never been to school and hadn’t been to the barber for nine years. He also said he had brothers and sisters who lived at the farm. He said he was the oldest and wanted to end the way they were living.”
A staircase behind a cupboard which led down to a basement room where the family lived was discovered by the police during the officer’s search of the house.
It was reported by a neighbor that he only sees one man, animals such as geese and a dog on the farm. The local postman said he had never delivered any letter there.
While the 58-year-old man had been arrested and investigated, he refuses to give out information to the police as it was not clear how long they had lived in the basement and what had happened to their mother.
Some reports say that the 58 year old man had a stroke and therefore his movements were restricted to his room. www.bbc.com