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WATCH REACTION {VIDEO} Nancy Grace tells dad on LIVE TV that his Missing 12-year-old boy was found alive in his basement

An 11-day search for a missing Michigan boy came to a bizarre conclusion Wednesday when he was discovered alive and well, hidden in the basement of his father’s home in Detroit.

Finding 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell resolves the key issue in the missing-child case, but the circumstances of his discovery leaves numerous other questions hanging.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig told CNN affiliate WXYZ.

“We found him barricaded in the basement, behind boxes and a large five-gallon drum. There’s no way he could have erected this makeshift area of concealment.”

Father told on live TV

missing boy found

Adding to the drama, Charlie’s father, Charles Bothuell IV, heard the revelation that the child had been found during a live TV interview with HLN’s Nancy Grace.

When Grace told him the news, Bothuell became visibly upset, looking dazed and bewildered, breathing hard and clutching at his chest.

When he recovered enough to speak, he said he had no idea how his son could have turned up in his house.

“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.”

A desperate search

(Credit: Family Photo/WDIV via CNN)

(Credit: Family Photo/WDIV via CNN)

Charlie disappeared on June 14, a Saturday night, when he walked out of the house.

“He had — you know, not done some of his chores and instead of arguing at him or fussing or anything, my wife just said okay,” his father told Nancy Grace during an earlier appearance. “I got a call back from my wife at 9:45 saying that Charlie was gone.”

The father said the family then launched a desperate search.

“I’ve been going door to door since he disappeared,” he said. “We didn`t sleep. We did flyers. We called family members. And we have been doing everything we can since to get the word out to get our son back home.”

Questions left hanging

Craig, the police chief, said investigators had searched the home four times, including once with a cadaver dog.

“We’re not certain Charlie was here during those visits,” he said.

When he was found, Charlie was excited to see the officers, Craig said. He was taken to receive medical treatment.

The police chief was asked during an impromptu news conference Wednesday whether an adult was responsible for hiding the boy in the basement.

“We’re not ruling that out,” he said. “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.”

‘I love my son’

Later, following his HLN interview, Bothuell told reporters he was shocked by the discovery of his son in his basement, responding angrily to reporters’ questions about who might have known Charlie was there.

“For anybody to imply that I somehow knew my son was in the basement is absurd and wrong. I love my son. I’m glad that he’s home,” Bothuell said.

He became overcome with emotion when a reporter asked him about earlier erroneous reports that Charlie may have been the victim of a homicide.

“I thought my son was dead,” he said, beginning to cry.

His distress deepened further when he was asked if he’d seen Charlie yet.

“No, I haven’t,” he said.

“I want to see my son,” he cried, before breaking into sobs and burying his face in the chest of the male reporter standing next to him.

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Comment by evolution on June 28, 2014 at 4:49pm

As more details comes too light, both of them need to go to jail for child endangerment and abuse.

Comment by Colette.M on June 28, 2014 at 4:22pm
I believe him until proven otherwise. Not everything is foul play..
Comment by evolution on June 27, 2014 at 7:07pm

That dad looks like a jackass.

Comment by LewLew on June 27, 2014 at 6:04pm
He's lying! His acting is horrible
Comment by lynz on June 27, 2014 at 4:05pm
This story is very weird. I'm gonna sit back and wait for the whole truth to prevail cuz I'm very suspicious of them all.
Comment by Grand Master on June 27, 2014 at 3:56pm

This dude is going to jail and then hell...him and his family.  his ass hear the news that his son was located and he still sitting there doing an interview. guilty.

Comment by Angel Parker on June 27, 2014 at 2:05am

I couldn't imagine one of my children missing for 11 days! I would have been up and out of that tv station to go hug my baby so tight! I would have been so damn happy

Comment by evolution on June 26, 2014 at 10:46pm

I thought this guy was going to pass out last night when I saw him got the news. He look like he was having a heart attack or panic attack even. The way how Nancy Grace gave him the news, look like she was trying entrapment him to me. What white folks don’t get or will ever get is black folks respond and reacts to news differently. Some how they always want us to behave like them all emotional and crying all over the place balling for bloody murder, not going to happen. The stepmother is the culprit behind it all and she had help which I believe might be a lover but let’s wait and see, how this plays out.

Comment by Sando Warrior on June 26, 2014 at 2:45pm

Great news for the family and everyone !

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