Well, classify this under bizarre.
12-year-old Charlie Bothuell went missing 11 days ago in Detroit after reportedly refusing to do his chores.
Police launched a massive search, which abruptly came to an end when they found the boy in the basement of his father’s home.
His reaction was strange, to say the least.
“I checked my basement,” Bothuell said. “The FBI checked my basement. The police checked my basement. My wife checked my basement. I’ve been down there several times. We’ve all been checking.”
Bothuell’s critics say there’s something fishy about his story, but following his HLN appearance, he adamantly defended his innocence to reporters.
“For anybody to imply that I somehow knew my son was in the basement is absurd and wrong. I love my son,” he said. “I’m glad that he’s home.”
Authorities agree there’s no way Charlie was hiding inside his own home the entire time.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig told CNN affiliate XWYZ. “There’s no way he could have erected his makeshift area of concealment,” he said.
However, they’re not ruling out the possibility of an adult purposely hiding the 12-year-old.
“It would be hard for me to sit here and tell you that someone didn’t know Charlie was there, but I can’t say definitively,” Craig explained.
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles