The small group of buildings after a family group were discovered to be living in secluded conditions in Ruinerwold, 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday Oct. 15, 2019. Dutch authorities were Tuesday trying to piece together the story of a six-member family group believed to have lived for nine years on a farm, isolated from the outside world in the rural east of the Netherlands. (RTL Netherlands via AP)

Police arrest 2nd suspect in case of isolated Dutch family

October 17, 2019 - 12:10 pm

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch police have arrested a second suspect in the case of a group of people found this week living on a farm, where they had possibly been held against their will for some nine years.

Police said Thursday they had detained a 67-year-old man who was among six people found at the farm in the rural eastern Netherlands.

Earlier, an investigating judge ordered another suspect, a 58-year-old man who rented the farm, detained for a further 14 days on suspicion of involvement in "deprivation of liberty and harming the health of others." The second suspect was held over the same allegations.

Police say the six people found at the farm, together with another man who managed to leave and raise the alarm, say they are from the same family. Detectives are investigating their precise relationship.