Boy missing in Germany for 2 years found in suspected paedophile’s closet

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A 15-year-old boy who was missing for two years was found in the home of a suspected paedophile on Friday, German police said.

Authorities in Recklinghausen, 100 kilometres north of Cologne, said police officers were conducting investigations at the home of the 44-year-old suspect when they came across the youngster inside a closet.

A police statement said that “there is currently no indication the boy was held in the apartment against his will.”

The teenager was subsequently taken into police protection.

His disappearance from a shelter in 2017 was reported by social workers but efforts to find the boy, until now, had been to no avail.


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