A 13-year-old boy who was reported missing four years ago was found alive, hidden behind a fake wall of a house near Atlanta, Georgia, and reunited with his mother early on Saturday, police said.
Five people living in the house in Jonesboro, 17 miles south of Atlanta, were taken into custody, among them the boy's father, Gregory Jean (37), and an adult female, said Sgt Kevin Hughes of Clayton County police.
Jean and Samantha Joy Davis face charges of false imprisonment, cruelty to children and obstructing an officer, he said, adding that three juveniles also in the house were facing obstruction charges.
The boy's mother apparently reported him missing to child welfare but not police, and no missing person's report was filed in Clayton County, said Sgt Hughes.
The boy was apparently able to get to a phone recently and contacted his mother with his whereabouts, authorities said.
Clayton County police went to the house on Friday to look for the 13-year-old, but Jean and Davis said they had no information about him, said Sgt Hughes.
Several hours later, police came back and again searched the residence.
While the police were in the house, the boy called his mother, who relayed to officers where her son was hidden in the house.
"They discovered him hidden behind a false wall in the interior portion of the home," said the sergeant.
The boy appeared to be in good physical health and was reunited with his mother, who had come to Georgia from out of state.
Neighbours in the quiet, well-kept Jonesboro neighbourhood said the family moved in about six months ago and kept to themselves.
The boy always seemed to be home and did not appear to be enrolled in school, they said.
"We just thought that they liked to keep to themselves," said neighbour Julie Pizarro, adding that the boy was often seen tending the yard. You can see the yard is immaculate. The boy kept it that way."
The teenager went missing in 2010 while visiting his father in Florida, WSBTV reported.
Jean was being held in Clayton County jail and no bail has been set.
Authorities said he and Davis could face more criminal charges as the investigation unfolds.
It was unclear if they had obtained legal representation.