The 12-year-old boy who was found alive in his father's
basement almost 11 days after he went missing had been in
another location during earlier searches of the house,
Detroit Police say.
Detroit Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said police would
have discovered Charlie Bothuell V otherwise. He said the
area in which the boy was found is not a standard basement
but more of a small mechanical room.
Police found the boy on Wednesday (local time) behind a large
container with some food, including cereal and pop bottles.
"It was somewhat staged but ... you could tell he was there
for a short while," Woody said, declining to specify where
police believe the boy had been since he disappeared from his
east side Detroit home June 14. "It wasn't any grand,
He said Charlie was wearing the same clothes he'd had on when
Police said Charlie's condition is good and he has been
talking to them. They have declined to say exactly where the
boy is being kept.
"He was in a hospital this morning. He is being closely
monitored by us," Woody said.
The saga of a family searching for a missing child took an
abrupt and bizarre turn on Wednesday. Detroit Police Chief
James Craig held a news conference to announce that police
were not ruling out the possibility of homicide in the case
followed hours later by news that the boy had been found
As Craig was making the announcement, Charlie's father,
Charlie Bothuell IV, learned the news from cable TV show host
Nancy Grace on live television. He left the interview and
rushed to his home, where video captured him collapsing in
the arms of WDIV-TV reporter Guy Gordon after learning the
Woody said the investigation is continuing, and police are
potentially looking at child abuse issues. Police are working
with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and will be in
touch with the Department of Human Services and other
Evidence, including a PVC pipe found at another undisclosed
location, is part of the investigation, Woody said.
In addition, a person familiar with the investigation said
the blood was found on the child's clothing in the house and
in the trunk of dad's vehicle, but it is uncertain whose
blood it is.
A forensic interviewer was expected to talk to Charlie on
Thursday, the source said
Mark Magidson, the attorney for Bothuell, said it "defies
logic" that the many searches failed to uncover Charlie.
"If that child was down there they would have found him,"
Magidson noted that there is a hallway in the basement that
connects the various units in the complex.
Bothuell has yet to see his son.
"He tried to see his son shortly after he was found. They
said no," Magidson said. "I told him, ‘You have an absolute
right to see your son.'"
Bothuell, a registered nurse who runs a company based in
Southfield, Mich., was not immediately available for comment
Thursday morning. He had earlier criticized police for their
initial reaction to the case and their treatment of him and
his family. He offered to take a public lie-detector test.
Bothuell said the boy left his home on Nicolet Place in
Detroit at about 9 p.m. on June 14 after the boy's stepmother
had a discussion with him over unfinished chores. The boy was
in the middle of a workout when he left. The search began