Dutch family found in cellar 'waiting for end of time'

Dutch family found in cellar 'waiting for end of time'

"Because we were closing, I asked him to leave again, after which he left, walking into the night". Others simply compared the case to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a Netflix comedy series about a woman adapting to the world after living in a bunker with a doomsday cult for several years.

The family's plight was discovered when the oldest child, now 25, showed up in the pub in Ruinerwold, according to RTV Drenthe. Three photos were taken in Ruinerwold before he entered a bar in a confused state and police were alerted.

The alarm was sounded on Sunday by a barman at a local bar, when an unkempt 25-year-old man came in "confused".

On Tuesday, police answered the man's plea for help.

NU.NL, a major news site in the Netherlands, wrote that the family "was discovered in a farm in Ruinerwold in the province of Drenthe, who had been living in the basement of the house for years".

Police investigating the farm found "a number of improvised rooms where a family lived a withdrawn life", De Groot said in a statement. The children told investigators they were all adults, which police said will "of course be further investigated".

The family were reportedly "waiting for the end of time".

Officials would not confirm local media reports the family was waiting for the end of days.

"Our primary concern is for the family members", a police spokeswoman told the Guardian. "There is a lot of speculation in the media about what happened, but as police we have to deal with the facts". "When he started to talk he said he had run away, that he hadn't been outside for nine years, and that he had brothers and sisters who were still hidden at home". The farm is outside the village and is accessible by a bridge over a canal.

He added that he had seen animals wandering around, such as geese and a dog.

The village's postman said he had never posted a letter there, BBC News reported.

"It's actually pretty unusual, now I come to think about it", he told the Dutch news outlet Algemeen Dagblad, according to the BBC. The family was believed to be self-sufficient, with a vegetable plot and livestock to sustain them. The children were not registered and neighbours believed only one man lived alone on the farm. "We had no idea".

A 58-year-old man was arrested.

"No one ever came to his yard". "He looked around, bewildered", Westerbeek told Dagblad van het Noorden. "But this? We never suspected this". "The police are investigating all possible scenarios".

Earlier, local Mayor Roger de Groot said a 58-year-old man, not the father of the children, had been arrested.

The firm, affiliated to another company in Meppel, was raided by police on Monday and belonged to the Austrian man, the paper said. He added that their mother is thought to have died before they moved to the farm around nine years ago.

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