Police found five siblings aged from 18-25 and a man they identified as their ailing father locked away in a secret room at an isolated farm near Ruinerwold, a village in the northern province of Drenthe in Netherlands, 130kms northeast of Amsterdam.
They were discovered after one of the siblings, aged about 25, escaped and sought help at a nearby cafe. Local police said in a statement that the people may have been hidden away on the property for nine years. The entrance to the secret space was hidden behind a large cupboard in the living room of the farmhouse. None of the family members were registered as residents with the municipality. The family survived on vegetables and animals from a secluded garden on the property. A 58-year-old man, identified as "Joseph B", an Austrian carpenter, not the father of the children, had been arrested. He was renting the farm. He is suspected of being involved in “illegal deprivation of liberty and prejudicing the health of others.”
This is the farm
The children's mother had died before they moved to the farm. The police are investigating many possible scenarios but the fact that those people may have held "end of days" apocalyptic beliefs was not confirmed by officials. The family is now “in a safe place receiving appropriate care and attention.” The mystery in this strange story remains, it needs to be clarified. A neighbor said they believed for years that something was wrong inside the home surrounded by security cameras and guarded by a large fence.