Nancy Grace tells dad his missing son’s found in own basement


DETROIT (CNN/HLN) — We’re learning more about a bizarre twist in the case of a missing boy in Detroit.

Charlie Bothuell, 12, was last seen on June 14 at his father’s house in Detroit.

After an intense search by multiple law enforcement agencies, the boy’s father — also named Charlie Bothuell – learned Wednesday that his son has been found — in the basement of the home where he was last seen.

He was found hiding behind a makeshift barricade, and police say the boy seemed excited to see them.

Investigators say they don’t know if the boy has been in the basement the entire time because the home was searched previously.

The father appeared Wednesday on HLN’s “Nancy Grace Show,” who was the one who broke the news to him that his son was found.

While the boy is currently receiving medical treatment, his exact condition is not known.

Charlie Bothuell IV says his son has run away before but never for this long.

He has complained that he and the boy’s stepmother have felt like suspects during the search.

Police gave the father a polygraph test, and the results were inconclusive.

Family members tell news station WXYZ there’s a hallway that connects the basement to another house, and they think the boy may have used that to come and go while he was missing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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