Updated: 12:07 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014 | Posted: 8:22 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014

Detroit boy missing for 11 days found alive in parents' basement


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Kimberly P. Mitchell / Detroit Free Press / AP
Charles Bothuell IV speaks to the media after finding out that his son, Charlie Bothuell V, was found alive in the basement of his home in Detroit on June 25, 2014.
Detroit boy found photo
Detroit Police Department / AP
This photo released by the Detroit Police Department shows Charlie Bothuell V, 12, of Detroit has been missing since June 14. The 12-year-old Detroit boy last seen about a week and a half ago has been found alive in his father's basement. Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Mike Woody says officers were serving a search warrant at the home June 25, 2014, when they stumbled upon Bothuell.
Detroit boy missing for 11 days found alive in parents' basement

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk


A Michigan boy who had been missing for 11 days was found alive Wednesday in his parents' basement.

According to The Associated Press, officers found 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell V while searching the Detroit home as part of the investigation. The boy was crouching behind boxes and a plastic container, with food and bedding nearby. 

Charlie, who lives with his father and stepmother, went missing June 14, the Detroit Free Press reported. Police said they searched the home several times – even with cadaver dogs.

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“In 37 years of policing, I will tell you, I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig told the Free Press. “But the outcome, I couldn’t be happier.”

Police said the boy will receive a medical evaluation.

Charlie’s father, Charlie Bothuell IV, was on live TV with HLN's Nancy Grace when he learned that his son had been found. He seemed shocked.

“For anybody to imply that I somehow knew that my son was in the basement, it’s absurd and it’s wrong,” Bothuell said later at the scene. “I love my son. I’m glad that he’s home, and he’s going to have the great future that he deserves to have.”

Bothuell agreed to a FBI-administered polygraph test but his wife declined, police said.

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