Boy Missing for More than Two Years Found in Closet of Child Porn Suspect

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A teenage boy who has been missing for more than two and a half years was found alive in the closet of a suspect wanted for child pornography charges, authorities said.

Police found the 15-year-old boy on Friday while searching the Recklinghausen, Germany, home of a 44-year-old man accused of distributing child pornography, CNN reported.

“The officers discovered a boy in the closet. An investigation showed this was a 15-year old boy who has been missing for a long time,” the Recklinghausen police said in a statement.

Police say the boy had been missing for at least two and a half years.

The boy, who remains under police protection and remains unidentified for legal reasons, was not held in the apartment against his will, according to police.

A spokesperson for the police said the 44-year-old and his 77-year-old father were arrested at the scene, DW.com, a local German news site, reported.

A judge granted the public prosecutor’s office request on Saturday and issued an arrest warrant against the 44-year-old for a serious sexual offense. Authorities released the older man from custody.

During the apartment search, a K9 trained to sniff out electronic devices found several data storage units hidden in the home. Police say the equipment is under investigation.

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