DUTCH POLICE discovered a family of adults who had been hidden in a farmhouse cellar for nine years in the eastern province of Drenthe. They were “waiting for the end of time”.
According to local media, the family is made up of a 58-year-old man and his six adult children, ranging in age from 16 to 25. They had been hidden in an isolated farmhouse in the vicinity of the village of Ruinerwold, near Meppel, and had zero contact with the outside world. Sources say that the young adults were made to believe they were the only human beings left on the planet.
The family was only discovered when the eldest son entered a bar in Ruinerwold and asked for help, according to the owner. The location of the children’s mother is unknown, and it’s possible that the 58-year-old man arrested isn’t the biological father. The reasons for the family’s seclusion are still unclear, although they were reportedly ‘waiting for the end of time’ and the adult children had not been outside in nine years.
It is thought that the “father” had reportedly suffered a stroke enabling the eldest child to leave the house.
On receiving the alert, officers visited the remote farmhouse and carried out a search. They discovered a hidden staircase behind a cupboard in the living room that led down to a basement room where the family were housed.
Ruinerwold is a village with a population of less than 3,000. The farm is outside the village and is only accessible by a bridge over a canal.
The farm, which is part-hidden behind a row of trees, also has a large vegetable plot and a goat.
A neighbour told Dutch media that he had only ever seen one man on the farm, no children.
Further investigations are being carried out and it’s reported that the young adults are now “in a safe place receiving appropriate care and attention”.