An aerial image taken on October 15, 2019, exhibits a view of the farm the place a father and 6 kids had been dwelling within the cellar, In Ruinerwold, northern Netherlands. The household lived within the cellar for years and the place ready for ‘the end of time’.
Wilbert Bijzitter / ANP / AFP

Dutch police discovered a father and 6 grownup kids hidden within the basement of a distant farmhouse the place they’d reportedly spent years “waiting for the end of time”, officers mentioned Tuesday.

They found a person, believed to be the daddy of the household, and his kids aged between 18 and 25 close to the village of Ruinerwold within the northern province of Drenthe.

Local media mentioned the household was discovered after one of many sons went to a close-by pub in a confused state, drank 5 beers after which requested for assist, saying he had not been exterior for 9 years.

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Police arrested a 58-year-old man on the scene for failing to cooperate with the investigation, however he was not the daddy.

“I have never come across anything like this before,” native mayor Roger de Groot informed a press convention.

“Police investigated after receiving a tip-off from somebody who was concerned about the people’s living conditions” and found the adults, de Groot mentioned.

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“They lived an isolated lifestyle,” he mentioned, including that they’d been dwelling on the homestead for the previous 9 years and a number of other of the youngsters “had not been taken up in the birthing register” or formally registered.

Many questions have been unanswered and police are investigating “all scenarios”, the mayor added.

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The household in the meantime had been taken to a close-by vacation park whereas the investigation continued, reports mentioned.

‘Living in a Basement’

Local information station RTV Drenthe, which first reported the story, mentioned the household “have been living in a basement for years, waiting for the ‘end of times’.”

Some of these freed “had no idea that other people existed,” the station added.

Police have been alerted after a person of round 25, believed to be the household’s oldest son, walked right into a village bar on Sunday night.

The dishevelled man, unwashed and sporting old garments mentioned “he has not been ‘outside’ for the past nine years,” bar proprietor Chris Westerbeek informed RTV Drenthe.

“He said he’d never been to school and seemed very confused. He spoke in a childish way,” mentioned Westerbeek.

The man informed Westerbeek he ran away from residence and urgently wanted assist, “so I phoned the police.”

Upon investigation, police found a hidden staircase behind a cabinet resulting in a cellar the place a person mentioned to be the household’s father and 5 others, believed to be his kids, have been hiding.

Aerial images confirmed a distant farmhouse surrounded by fields.

The household had no contact with the surface world and have been fully self-reliant with a vegetable backyard and a goat, RTV Drenthe mentioned.

“The father had a stroke a few years ago and was lying in bed. There was no sign of his wife,” RTV Drenthe reported.

Neighbours informed the station they didn’t know the household and so they solely knew that one man lived on the premises.

Police declined to offer additional particulars when contacted by AFP.

“All scenarios are being investigated. At this point we cannot give further information,” native police mentioned on Twitter.

 

Source :  AFP

 

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