Missing boy found alive in basement
DETROIT – Last night a 12-year-old missing for 11 days was found by police in his own basement, and his father was told of the discovery live on television.
Charlie Bothuell was feared dead after disappearing in Detroit on June 14.
Yesterday, officers found the boy behind a barricade of boxes in his family’s basement.
His father Charles Bothuell IV was appealing to HLN viewers for help when presenter Nancy Grace said Charlie was found alive and well.
The father appeared to be stunned and said: “What?”
He told the presenter his family, Detroit police and FBI had searched the basement several times.
“God, they brought dogs, everything . . . . Everybody has searched,” Charles Bothuell IV said.
“Oh god, my son!”
“I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters. “But the outcome – I couldn’t be happier.”
Charlie was removed from the home and will be given medical attention, police said.
Craig confirmed to local media the police had searched the family’s basement with a cadaver dog, adding investigators were not sure Charlie had been in the basement for the full 11 days.
He told the Detroit News Charlie “won’t be put back into the home until we finish our investigation”.