Transcript for Teen Hidden Behind Fake Wall Rescued, Returned to Mother
coming up but first a bizarre and moving story of a young boy missing for four years just now reunited with his mom. We were there for the emotional reunion but there are still so many unanswered questions about the case. ABC's Mara schiavocampo is here. Mara, where do you begin with a story like this? This is really an amazing story. That boy helping to save himself. Figuring out how to send a text message while being held behind a fake wall leading police to his exact location and to a long awaited reunion with his mother. This young boy reported missing four years ago back in his mother's arms. Tears of overwhelming joy streaming down their faces. I just couldn't believe it. That I mean we found him. Reporter: According to police, his mother reported the 13-year-old's disappearance after a visitation with his father in 2010. Investigators say after four years of no word from her son, a text message sent with a secret smartphone app helped her lead police to this home. We came here to the home and were able to get inside the home, talk to the people inside. Reporter: Officers left empty-handed but then the young boy sent a second message saying exactly where he was hidden in the home. Tucked away behind a fake wall concealed behind a linen closet. In an insulation area above the garage. We opened the compartment where he was and I saw him and asked had him to come forward and he was horrified. He was frozen with fear. He just kept saying thank you, thank you, thank you. Reporter: In morning the 37-year-old father Gregory Jean and his girlfriend Samantha Davis are behind bars. Facing a slew of charges including false imprisonment and cruelty to children. All thanks, police say, to the quick-thinking of a boy who refused to be a victim. Reach out by any means necessary and don't stop. We will find you. Now, officials say the father and his girlfriend could face more criminal charges as this case unfolds. The two have not yet entered a plea and no bail set. They're scheduled to make their first court appearance later this morning. Amazing story. So many questions. Where do you begin? How did he get his hands on the phone? What app did he use. Apparently neighbors had seen him in the backyard. He wasn't always held in the space. They did see him from time to time and see him play. This wasn't his own place of being held this. Was really considered a custody issue because he had gone to visit his father and never come home so police weren't necessarily involved early and across state lines so just a lot -- Child protective services, not the police. Exactly. Adorable boy. Really resourceful as well. So glad he's back with his mom. Great holiday for them. A lot of other headlines
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