1. Police believe Ruinerwold family may have had ‘no idea there were other people in the world’.
Police believe five siblings who lived in hiding for nine years in the Dutch village of Ruinerwold may have had ‘no idea there were other people in the world’.
The Northern Times reported police were still boggled by the case that has made headlines around the world.
Dutch police questioned a 58-year-old man who paid the rent on a farmhouse where six members of a family were found locked away in a secret room after apparently living for years in isolation.
The siblings, estimated to be between 18 and 25 years old, and a man they identified as their ailing father were found near Ruinerwold, a village in the northern province of Drenthe.
The man detained was suspected of being involved in the “deprivation of liberty and prejudicing the health of others”, the Dutch prosecutor said on Wednesday. He will be brought before a magistrate on Thursday.
Mayor Roger de Groot had said on Tuesday the man was not the father of the family.
"The man is still in custody and is being questioned," said Drenthe police spokeswoman Grietje Hartstra.
"A lot is still unclear and we are investigating exactly what happened there."
The family, who according to local news reports had been waiting for the end of time, was discovered after one member, reportedly a 25-year-old man and the eldest of the siblings, escaped and sought help at a nearby pub.