Dutch police discovered a family of seven living in a farmhouse basement and waiting for the world to end, the BBC reported Tuesday. The family allegedly spent nine years in the basement and were only found after one family member escaped.
According to local news outlet RTV, a 58-year-old man was living with six siblings, aged 18 to 25, on a farm in the Drenthe province. The oldest of the siblings escaped from the basement on Sunday evening, asking staff at a pub in nearby Ruinerwold for help.
The owner of the bar, Chris Westerbeek, said the man was unkempt and looked confused.
“He ordered five beers and drank them,” Westerbeek told local media. “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 had brothers and sisters who lived at the farm. He said he was the oldest and wanted to end the way they were living,” Westerbeek said.
Mayor Roger de Groot said the man living with the children is not their father nor the owner of the farmhouse. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he told local reporters. The family is in “a safe place” now, he said.
The mayor also said their mother is believed to have died before the family moved into the house.
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SOURCE: CBS News, Sophie Lewis