& # 39; Josef the Austrian & # 39; who rented a Dutch farm where family & # 39; waited for the end of time & # 39;
The man who rented an isolated Dutch farm where a family & # 39; waited until the end of time & # 39; has been arrested for arresting them in a & # 39; secret room & # 39; has locked up.
A family of six was discovered after the eldest son, 25, walked to a nearby bar in Ruinerwold, 60 miles north of Amsterdam on Sunday, ordered five beers and asked for help.
Officers found his four brothers and sisters, between 18 and 25 years old, together with their father in a room hidden behind a staircase. The family was taken to a safe location while the seventh person – the Austrian Josef B, 58 – was arrested.
Josesef B, known as & # 39; Josef the Austrian & # 39; will appear in court on Thursday, as it appears that the & # 39; handyman & # 39; neighbors had asked for renovation tips such as laying concrete.
A view of the remote dwelling of a drone, with plots close to the main building that were used to grow vegetables
Researchers admit that they are deeply confused by the case and are still busy answering important questions – such as whether the family is in a & # 39; small, enclosed space & # 39; had been held against Josef B. against their will
However, more details may come to the fore when he appears before the hearing, after being accused of deprivation of liberty and harming the health of others.
Neighbors told the local media that they had been confused by the man – described as a competent & # 39; woodworker & # 39; – after he seemed to have renovated the isolated house alone.
Jospef B allegedly asked the locals for tips on construction and construction, but would not elaborate on where he lived or with whom.
A local told Bild newspaper: & # 39; The man only renovated all this, came with his trailer and building materials. I always wondered "how can he do it all alone?"
Officers invaded this property on Sunday, where they discovered Jan's family in a & # 39; enclosed space & # 39; lived. Josef B, 58, who rented the property, was arrested after refusing to cooperate in the investigation
& # 39; He must have had help, it cannot be done alone. & # 39;
Residents also claim that Josef B had security cameras around the property, locked the gate and peered through binoculars.
He is said to be chasing away people who have strayed too close to the house.
& # 39; It was enough for you to come to the farm and he sent you away. He followed everything with binoculars, & a local resident told Aftonbladet.
Local media said that Josef B had a small workshop in Meppel and came to the Netherlands in 2010, the same year that the family was locked up in the remote house, although the Austrian authorities still have to confirm this.
It comes after the first photos appeared from Jan Zon van Dorsten, 25, who saved the family after walking to a nearby bar and asking for help.
Jan Zon van Dorsten, 25, is the son who warned the Dutch police about the plight of his four brothers and sisters and their father, who lived in a remote house while they apparently waited & # 39; for the end of time & # 39 ;
Police say that Jan has spent the past nine years in a & # 39; small, enclosed space & # 39; had lived until he appeared at the bar.
The mystery is further deepened by the fact that Jan, the eldest son, had access to social media and was active on Facebook since June this year.
Reports in his public profile show that he used the platform for years until 2010 when he reported that he had moved to Ruinerwold – the village where the house is located.
The profile then remains silent until June of this year, when it was suddenly reactivated with a message announcing that Jan was working as manager of an online store at Creconat, located in Meppel – a village about four miles from Ruinerwold.
Jan sounded an alarm after walking from the house to a local bar where he ordered five beers and the bartender told that he could not go home
& # 39; Creativity for everyone! & # 39; says the post.
Creconat is affiliated with a timber company called Native Creative Economy, also based in Meppel, which is owned by Josef B, according to The Telegraph.
Police attacked the building on Monday, a neighbor said. It is not clear what has been found.
Jan spent his time on social media posting photos of nature and promoting causes such as climate strikes.
The police continued to work on the property Wednesday, trying to unravel the mystery of how the family got there and whether they were being held against their will
On Saturday he uploaded three photos & # 39; s of landmarks around Ruinerwold that were taken in the dark. It is thought that these were taken while he walked to the bar.
Allegedly he went to the bar three times before the bartender – Chris Westerbeek – called the police and described Jan as confused, confused and in need of help.
None of Jan & # 39; s family was registered in government databases, the police confirmed – perhaps an indication of how they went unnoticed for years.
Police say they have been confused by the case – a mystery deepened by the fact that Jan had access to social media and posted since June this year until he was rescued
Jan was active on Facebook until 2010 when his family is thought to have moved to the house before his profile became silent – only to reactivate in June this year
The police were still present at the house on Wednesday, three days after the first raid
The house is located in Ruinerwold, about 60 miles north of Amsterdam, and it is thought that the family moved there in 2010
Local media reported Josef B was born in Vienna. The Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs could only confirm that Josef had requested not to be contacted by the embassy and refused their help.
A man named online as Tonnie, who had the workshop next to Josef, told the Dutch news site ED that he was a very skilled woodworker and often made parts for pleasure yachts. & # 39; A true craftsman, & # 39; he said.
Alida ten Oever, who owned the house and rented it to Josef, said that he always paid rent on time and that she never saw signs of other people living in the building.
Neighbors told RTV Drenthe that Josef was a private man who never allowed visitors into the house.
The house itself was 200 meters away from the nearest road and another 100 meters from the nearest building.
Photos show that it was surrounded by trees, blocking view, and it also had a perimeter fence.
Vegetables were grown on plots around the property, while a goat was also kept.
Locals who visited said that a security camera had been trained on site, and there were suspicions in the village that Josef was growing cannabis.
The police invaded the building and a workshop of Josef B in the nearby village of Meppel, where Jan described himself as working
Bar owner, Chris Westerbeek, remembered that the 25-year-old man came in for a few days and there & # 39; confused & # 39; looked like
Police spokesman Ramona Venema confirmed that the family was found in the remote house
When the news about the family spread, however, there was a great shock and disbelief.
& # 39; We are pretty perplexed about all of this, & # 39; said landlady Oever.
Mayor Ruinerwold Roger de Groot told a press conference that neither he nor the police had ever seen anything like that.
Speaking of the inside of the house, he added: & # 39; The police found a number of rooms with improvised furniture where the family led a reclusive life. The six were found there. & # 39;
He denied that the family had lived in a basement.
A statement from the local police said that Josef B refused to cooperate in the investigation, but was detained and questioned.
& # 39; We understand that everyone still has many questions & # 39 ;, said a police spokesperson. & # 39; We too. That is why we want to do our research thoroughly and carefully.
& # 39; This means that we may not be able to answer everything right away. Simply because sometimes we don't have answers yet. Or we cannot share them.
& # 39; We have engaged a large-scale research team (TGO). Investigators investigate possible criminal offenses led by the Public Prosecution Service. & # 39;
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