- A 58-year-old man and six young adults were discovered at a remote farm in the Netherlands, where they lived in isolation for years while waiting for the end of the world.
- The young adults believed they were the only people left on the planet and had no outside contact during that time.
- “We knew absolutely nothing of this,” the farm’s owner said, according to The Guardian. “We rented the house for years to one man and now we learn someone was living there with children.”
- The man, identified by local media as Josef B, is said to be an odd-job man. It is unclear if he is related to the people found in captivity.
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The owner of the farmhouse where a 58-year-old man and six young adults lived in isolation for nine years said she was “speechless” that so many people were living on her property.
Klaas Rooze and Alida Ten Oever, the farmhouse owner’s said they believed they were renting to a single man over the years.
“We knew absolutely nothing of this,” Ten Oever told The Guardian. “We rented the house for years to one man and now we learn someone was living there with children.”
The story of the six people who secretly lived in an isolated room in the farmhouse in Ruinerwold, a tiny community of 4,000, sent shockwaves across the world. The young adults ranged in age from 16 to 25 and had no outside contact as they waited for what they believed was the end of the world.
That all changed when the oldest ran away and was found, visibly disheveled with long hair, a dirty beard, and old clothes, at a nearby bar, according to Dutch broadcaster RTV Drenthe. The unnamed 25-year-old ordered five beers and then told patrons he’d never been to school and hadn’t seen a barber in nine years. He seemed confused and desperately in need of help. Chris Westerbeek, the bar owner, told BBC News that he “wanted to end the way they were living.”
Soon after, police rescued them from their living conditions, with the farmhouse’s tenant, an older man known as Josef B., arrested and under investigation for refusing to cooperate. He was described as an odd-job man.
The seven people in isolation believed they were the only people left in the world, RTV Drenthe reported. There are conflicting reports as to whether the 58-year-old is the father of the young adults, according to The Guardian.