His 12-year-old son was missing for 11 days. And Charles Bothuell IV found out that his son Charlie was fine while doing an interview with Nancy Grace on live television!
There was quite a bit of drama, as you might imagine.
“We’re getting reports that your son has been found in your basement!” Grace says.
If he wanted touchy-feely he didn’t get it from Grace, who was clearly suspicious.
“We are getting reports that your son has been found alive in your basement,” Grace repeats.
“What?” he says after about 15 seconds of saying nothing.
Bothuell explains that he feared his son was dead.
“I checked the basement, the Detroit Police checked my basement, my wife checked my basement. I’ve been down there several times,”
Investigators searched the basement four times. One of those searches included cadaver dogs.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig told WXYZ (ABC) in Detroit. “We found him barricaded in the basement, behind boxes and a large five-gallon drum. There’s no way he could have erected this makeshift area of concealment.”
So it’s one mystery solved because he’s been found. But another one just beginning. How did 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell end up there, seemingly under everyone’s noses?
Charlie disappeared on June 14, a Saturday night, when he walked out of the house.
“He had — you know, not done some of his chores and instead of arguing at him or fussing or anything, my wife just said okay,” his father told Nancy Grace. “I got a call back from my wife at 9:45 saying that Charlie was gone.”
The police chief was asked during an impromptu news conference whether an adult had a hand in hiding the boy.
“We’re not ruling that out,” he said to reporters. “It would be hard for me to sit here and tell you that someone didn’t know Charlie was there, but I can’t say definitively.”
After Grace’s show, when Bothuell arrived back at his house from the studio, he talked to the media who were there waiting for him.
“For anybody to imply that I somehow knew that my son was in the basement is absurd and it’s wrong,” he said agrily. “I love my son. I’m glad that he’s home.”
Then he broke down.
“I thought my son was dead!”
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