Authorities search home of teen allegedly starved


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - A Channel 2 Action News crew captured investigators entering the home of a Paulding County couple accused of locking their teenage boy in a room and giving him little food.

Channel 2's Aaron Diamant was there as investigators from Paulding County, the GBI and FBI enter the home where 18-year old Mitch Comer said Sheila and Paul Comer, his mother and stepfather, kept him locked up.

After three hours of searching, investigators wouldn’t specify what their findings were but said they would help the investigation.

"We were able to corroborate a couple of things that he said about the room," Paulding County Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said.Comer was found frail, alone and disoriented at a bus station in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 11.

"He weighed 97 pounds. He's 5-foot-3," Paulding County District Attorney Dick Donavan said. "The LAPD officer said his skin was translucent, that he was obviously malnourished."

Donavan's investigators brought the teen back to Paulding County on Thursday and placed him with a local family. Authorities told Diamant he's made good progress since Thursday.

"He has really come along since the first time they saw him. They've gotten him cleaned up, got him a haircut, he's gotten some good food, so from what I understand he's in really good spirits and he wants to help with this investigation," Henson said.
Investigators said he'd been locked up for four years, said Diamant, who learned the Comers are now facing child cruelty charges.

The couple moved into their house on Vivid Lane in Dallas a little more than two years ago, Diamant said. It is unclear where the Comers lived before that.

"We don't have a clue. Neighbors didn't even know they had a son, so it's been years since anybody even saw this boy," Henson said.

Diamant also confirmed that Mitch Comer attended Woodstock and Creekland middle schools in Cherokee County between October 2007 and April 2009 before going off the grid, but deputies believe his two half-sisters never attended school.

Research shows the Comers may have moved to Arizona before coming back to Georgia.

"Our detectives are working night and day and that's why we reached out the GBI and the FBI," Henson said.

The Paulding County District Attorney's Office has set up a fund for Comer at Westside Bank in Hiram. Checks made out to the Mitch Comer Fund can be sent to 280 Constitution Blvd, Dallas GA 30132 or dropped off at the bank.