Saturday 7 December 2019

Teen missing for four years found alive in 'fake wall' in house

Jennifer McShane

A young boy (13) was found behind a 'false wall' in a house in Georgia, Atlanta on Saturday morning, four years after he was reported missing.

According to reports from police and CNN affiliate WXIA, Clayton County police were responding to a call of a child being beaten in Jonesboro when they located the terrified boy. 

It is believed police first went to the house on Friday to search for the boy but were told by the occupants that they had no information of his whereabouts.

However, hours later, police reportedly returned to the property, where they were directed to the boy’s location by his mother, who had spoken to her son on the phone.

The teenager was recently able to send a text to his mother to tell her the location of the house he was being held at, 17 miles south of the city of Atlanta.

The boy and his mother were subsequently reunited. 

Gregory Jean and Samantha Joy Davis are pictured in this booking handout photo provided by the Clayton County Sheriff's Department. REUTERS/Clayton County Sheriff's Department/Handout
Gregory Jean and Samantha Joy Davis are pictured in this booking handout photo provided by the Clayton County Sheriff's Department. REUTERS/Clayton County Sheriff's Department/Handout
The missing teenager is reunited with his mother. Photo: WGCL-TV, Atlanta

Occupants of the house reportedly denied any knowledge of a 13-year-old boy. Police searched the home but found nothing, authorities said.

Sergeant Kevin Hughes said of the police’s rescue operation: “They found him hidden behind a false wall in the interior portion of the home.”

He added that the boy appeared to be in good physical health and was now with his mother, who had travelled from outside the state.

It emerged early this morning that Clayton County police had allegedly arrested the boy's father, Gregory Jean (37), and stepmother, Samantha Joy Davis (42), and charged them with false imprisonment, cruelty to children and obstruction, according to reports.

Three other people also were charged in connection with the incident, CNN’s WXIA said.

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