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Thursday, June 26, 2014

12 Year Old Boy Who Was Missing For 11 Days Found In Parents Basement

Moment stunned father found out on live TV that his son, 12, who had been missing for 11 days was found hiding in his BASEMENT


  • -Charlie Bothuell IV was last seen at his dad's home on June 14

  • -Just hours after saying they feared he'd been murdered, police found the boy hiding in his father's basement in Detroit

  • -His father, Charles Bothuell IV, learned that his son had been found while he was taking part in a live interview with HLN's Nancy Grace

  • -He was visibly shaken and insisted he had checked the basement

  • -It is not yet clear whether the boy was in the basement the whole time but police said it was unlikely he constructed his makeshift barrier alone

Stunned: Charlie Bothuell IV was shocked into silence on Wednesday when HLN's Nancy Grace told him his 12-year-old son had been found alive in his basement, 11 days after he vanished
 A Detroit father whose son had been missing for 11 days learned on live television that the boy had been found alive in his basement.
Charles Bothuell IV was on HLN to speak with Nancy Grace about the June 14 disappearance of his son Charlie, 12, when the host suddenly said she had new information.
'We're getting reports that your son has been found in your basement,' Grace said.
Mr Bothuell was stunned - becoming visibly upset, looking dazed, breathing hard and clutching his chest as he struggled to form a sentence.
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Found: Charlie Bothuell V was found hiding in his father's basement after he'd been missing for 11 days
Grace repeated what she had said - this time importantly adding that he had been found 'alive'.
As the shocked father struggled to comprehend the news, Grace demanded to know whether or not he had checked his basement.
'I checked my basement,' Bothuell said. 'The FBI checked my basement. The police checked my basement. My wife checked my basement. I've been down there several times. We've all been checking.'

He said that authorities had even brought in dogs to check the basement of their Detroit townhouse but the boy had not been found.
Charlie Bothuell was discovered on Wednesday afternoon as authorities searched the home but it is not yet clear whether he had been there the whole week.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said when police found the boy, he appeared to be hiding behind a makeshift barrier of boxes and did not announce himself.

Overwhelmed: Bothuell clutched his chest and breathed heavily after learning that his son had been found
Emotional: When Nancy Grace demanded to know if he'd checked the basement, he said repeatedly that he and his wife, as well as the FBI and the Detroit police had been down there
 Craig said that he believes it is unlikely that the boy could have constructed the barrier himself. He was also behind a large plastic drum and bedding was found nearby.


'I checked my basement. The FBI checked my basement. The police checked my basement... We've all been checking'

Charles Bothuell IV
'He was nervous, but excited,' Craig said. 'He indicated he was hungry. He appeared fine.'
The boy was taken to hospital, where he was met by his biological mother. The extent of his injuries, if any, are unknown.
Charlie was last seen on June 14 when he took a break from working out and went to the bathroom - but never came back.
The boy lives in the home with his father and stepmother. 
Just hours before he was found, Craig had told reporters that investigators were 'not ruling out the possibility of homicide' in the case.
After he emerged from the HLN interview, his father, Charlie Bothuell IV, said he was as surprised as anyone that his son was in the basement.

Relieved: The boy's father was so emotional when his son was discovered that he hugged a reporter
'I'm shocked. I looked. The Detroit police looked. The FBI looked,' he said. 'To imply that I knew my son was in the basement is absurd.'
The elder Bothuell was swarmed by reporters outside the house when he arrived home Wednesday evening.
'I thought my son was dead,' he said as he broke down in tears and hugged a reporter.
Craig told reporters earlier Wednesday that the boy's father had taken a polygraph test about his son's disappearance, but the boy's stepmother declined to do so.
Mr Bothuell's test came back inconclusive, WDIV reported.

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