(ATLANTA) — The father of a boy found hidden in a secret garage compartment and the man’s girlfriend are being held without bail as Georgia police prepare to release a detailed report of how the abduction and eventual rescue occurred.
The boy was reunited with his mother on Saturday, but questions remain unanswered about the abduction and how his father Gregory Jean and his girlfriend, Samantha Davis, were able to hide the boy for the past four years.
Jean’s neighbors told ABC News that they once saw the teen sweeping the roof of the home, and while they thought it was a dangerous chore they did not suspect that he was being held captive.
“He’s the only one I’ve seen who’s outside working on the yard,” one neighbor told ABC News.
It took police two visits to Jean’s home outside Atlanta to find his 13-year-old son inside a small room hidden behind a plywood board and linens.
The boy, whose name has not been released, is believed to have been held captive by his father and his girlfriend since 2009 when he went to visit his father as part of a custody agreement. The boy recently got a hold of a cell phone. He downloaded a messaging app and texted his mother in Florida telling her that he was at his father’s home in Jonesboro, Georgia.
Clayton County police arrived at the home to investigate on Saturday and found no trace of him. The people inside the home said that they did not know the boy, and police left the scene.
The boy then texted his mother again, giving detailed instructions about where exactly he was being hidden, and only then were officers able to find him.
“We opened the compartment where he was and I saw him and asked him to come forward. He was horrified. He was frozen with fear,” Clayton County Police Sgt. Joanne Southerland told ABC News.
Jean, 37, and Davis, 42, are being held without bond and next scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 9.
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