Boy missing 4 years found behind fake wall in Jonesboro home

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A 13-year-old boy who was reported missing about four years ago was found in a Clayton County home Friday night.

Five people were also arrested at the house in the 800 block of Duke Court in Jonesboro.

Clayton County police were first called to the home shortly before 11 p.m. to perform a welfare check. Police Sgt. K.T. Hughes said the people inside the house denied that anyone there needed help. Investigators searched the home, but didn't find anything.

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The police department received another call from the home a short time later, so officers returned to the location. As they searched the house, the missing boy was able to call his mother, who then told the police her son was hidden behind a false wall, Hughes said.

Police say the boy was being kept behind the wall, which was camouflaged with towels.

Officers arrested the boy's father and stepmother, 37-year-old Gregory Jean and 42-year-old Samantha Joy Davis, and three more suspects. All were charged with obstruction, false imprisonment and cruelty to children. More charges are pending.

Davis and Jean will have their first court appearance Sunday at 9 a.m.

Hughes said the victim's mother, who lives in another state, traveled to Georgia to see her son. They were reunited Saturday morning.

Neighbors said the family moved into the house about six months ago. They told 11Alive's Ryan Kruger they often saw the boy doing yard work. One neighbor said she was told the boy was homeschooled.

"It was a shock to all of us. They were really nice people, very open they said come over anytime you want," said Julie Pizarro, who lives across the street.

Pizarro had no idea the boy her son played with everyday at this house was being held against his will.

"The young man didn't seem under any distress. I guess you never know what's behind closed doors," Pizarro said.

Akono Ekundayo lives across the street. He tells us he and his wife saw the boy nearly everyday. Now, he's left wondering if there were any warning signs he missed.

"Gosh, it was right under our nose. We could have done something," said Ekundayo. "But he was never in distress, it didn't seem like."

More details will become available as this story develops.

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