Police in Clayton County, Georgia, have rescued a 13-year-old boy who had been reported missing for four years.
They raided a house at around 2 a.m. ET on Saturday and found the boy hidden behind a panel in the garage’s linen closet.
Clayton County police were first called to the home shortly before 11 p.m. to perform a welfare check. Police Sgt. K.T. Hughes said the people inside the house denied that anyone there needed help. Investigators searched the home, but didn’t find anything.
The police department received another call from the home a short time later, so officers returned to the location. As they searched the house, the missing boy was able to call his mother, who then told the police her son was hidden behind a false wall, Hughes said.
Police say the boy was being kept behind the wall, which was camouflaged with towels.
Officers arrested 42-year-old Samantha Joy Davis, 37-year-old Gregory Jean and three more suspects. All were charged with obstruction, false imprisonment and cruelty to children. More charges are pending.