A MAN kept his six adult children confined in the cellar at the family's remote farm for years "waiting for the end of time."
The children were only discovered when his eldest son – now a man – stumbled into a nearby cafe in the town of Ruinerwold, in Drenthe, Netherlands.
The group apparently had no contact with the outside world for nine years and were waiting for the end of time.
"As far as I know their mother died before they arrived there," said local Mayor Roger de Groot.
"Police found makeshift living quarters where the family was living in hiding."
The family, who according to local news reports had been waiting for the end of time, was discovered after one of the siblings escaped and sought help at a nearby cafe.
An employee at the cafe told RTV Drenthe one of the family members, a 25-year-old man, had come in looking scruffy and bewildered with long hair and said he had not been outside for nine years.
"You could see he had no idea where he was or what he was doing," the cafe owner, Chris Westerbeek, told the broadcaster.
"Then I had a chat with him and he told me he had run away and needed help.
"He said he had run away and that he urgently needed help. Then we called the police."
The siblings and their father, who was reportedly bedridden after a stroke, were receiving treatment at an undisclosed location, the mayor said.
"I understand there are a lot of questions. We have many too. The police are investigating all possible scenarios."
The siblings had apparently lived in a hidden cellar and survived on vegetables and animals tended in a secluded garden, local TV RTV Drenthe reported.
A 58-year-old man, not the father of the children, was arrested at the farm. His role was unclear.
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