A missing boy has bizarrely been found in his father’s basement. The father found out live on TV, and there are still questions over how he never knew that his son was down there. Even the police, FBI and sniffer dogs had not found the child, who is alive and well.
Charlie Bothuell Jnr., 12, went missing from his home 11 days ago. His parents called the police, after searching the whole house. When the police arrived, they also searched the house, later followed by the FBI. The basement was checked multiple times by different people, including sniffer dogs, and the missing boy was never located.
After 11 days, many parents would fear the worse, believing either their child had been kidnapped or had been murdered. The boy’s father, also called Charlie Bothuell, was told on air that his son was alive and well, and had been found in the basement. There was evident shock, surprise and relief as he found out the news, but it also led to questions. The police are now trying to understand how they, the family and the FBI could miss the child, and now it seems much of the world will want to know.
It is clear that someone else was involved due to the circumstances of the boy’s hiding. He had been barricaded into an area, using a five-gallon drum and boxes. The Detroit police are certain that the boy could not have done this himself, and do not know how long he has actually been there. However, at least it is good news that the missing boy has bizarrely been found in the father’s basement.
The circumstances of the disappearance led the family to believe that the boy had been taken. There was no argument before the 12-year-old left the house. He had not done some of his chores, but his stepmother let him leave the home. At 9:45pm, the stepmother than called Bothuell Snr. and explained that the boy had not returned home. Since the disappearance, the family has gone door-to-door in a hope that their son simply called around to see a friend, and to make neighbors aware that there was a case of a missing boy in the area.
The Detroit police have not ruled out the chance that an adult was involved. They do not believe that the 12-year-old could have set up the make-shift barricade, but there are now questions over how that could have been. Some believe that an adult knew he was there, while others believe he may have been moved during searches to avoid detection.
Unless the father is a very good actor, the look of relief and shock is a sign that he genuinely had no idea, and he has angrily spoken out about those who suggest he had something to do with it. In another interview, he believed that his son had been another murder case for the police to solve, but is extremely happy that the 12-year-old is alive and well. There were questions very early on about the father’s and stepmother’s involvement, as the father’s polygraph test was inconclusive and the stepmother refused to take one.
Police will now look into the circumstances of the disappearance and will want to question young Bothuell. They will want to find out just how the missing boy was bizarrely found in his father’s basement.
By Alexandria Ingham