A 14-year-old boy missing from his mother for almost four years was found hidden behind a fake wall of his father's Georgia home Saturday, police told the Los Angeles Times.
His father is among five people arrested in connection with the case, police said.
Clayton County police discovered the boy behind the wall after his mother, who lives in Florida, received a text message from her son saying he was being held captive, Sgt. K.T. Hughes, spokesman for Clayton County police, told the Times.
“The boy was reunited with his mother a short time ago,” Hughes said Saturday.
Clayton County is an Atlanta suburb.
The boy was never reported as missing to the Clayton County police, Hughes said. It is unclear if a missing persons report was filed elsewhere.
Those arrested include two adults; Gregory Jean, the boy’s father; and Samantha Joy Davis. Three juveniles, whose names were not released, were also taken into custody. Police said they were trying to determine the ages of those arrested, as well as their relationships to each other
All five have been charged with false imprisonment, obstruction and cruelty toward a child, Hughes said.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.