The mystery surrounding a Dutch family that claims to have been locked up in a hidden room on a remote farm for nine years has deepened, with the son who first alerted the police that he appears to have been active on social media for months.
The 25-year-old man who fled the farm near Ruinerwold, a village in the northern province of Drenthe, and launched the alarm in a local pub, has been identified by the Dutch media like Jan Zon van Dorsten.
It has been linked to several social media accounts, including an Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook profile, where it regularly publishes photos and status updates since June 6th.
"You know the job is stimulating and it goes really well when you still can't leave it alone at 3 am on Sunday," he read a post on August 18th, along with a selfie of a man with long hair and a beard working on a laptop.
Other posts on the Facebook page included links to the "How Dare You" speech by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations and a photo of Friday's climate protests for the future in Sydney.
The most recent photo, published Saturday, was of branches of trees bathed in sunlight.
Three photos of sites in Ruinerwold at night were published the week before.
Jan is not accused of doing something wrong.
According to the story, Jan moved to Meppel, a town about 6 kilometers from Ruinerwold, in 2005. He then moved to Ruinerwold in 2010, at which time he claims to have been locked up.
On June 6th of this year, he published that he had started a new job in Creconat, a local timber company owned by Josef B, the 58-year-old handyman who lived on the farm where the family was found. . Josef B was arrested by police on Tuesday and will appear before a magistrate on Thursday.
Only one photo was posted on Jan's alleged Instagram account in two years – a work by Banksy in New York shared in 2017 – while on Twitter he shared more photos of trees, saying in a tweet " your creative mind will explode with the innumerable creative possibilities that a tree provides ".
His LinkedIn profile states that he likes "creative trade and pleasant work in Creconat".
Start: "Sit down because I have a lot to tell you. A story that won't bore you … Fancy? "
The 25-year-old says his mother died in 2004 and "every day we are happy to take care of Dad".
However, Internet investigators have pointed out that it is possible to change the date on which the posts were published on social media.
On Wednesday, the prosecutor stated that the 58-year-old, named Josef B, will be brought before a magistrate on Thursday. He is suspected of being involved in "illegal deprivation of liberty and prejudicing the health of others".
The Dutch police have launched a "large-scale investigation team" to examine the family's claims.
None of the six family members – a father and his five children aged between 18 and 25 – were registered in the city and tests were conducted to determine their exact age, the officers said.
"At this moment it is not clear if they have remained there voluntarily. These people may have remained in place since 2010, "says a police statement.
"We understand that everyone still had many questions. We also have those. "
Local mayor Roger de Groot said he believed the children's mother had died before the family moved to Ruinerwold.
"I've never seen anything like it," he said.
Previously, the police claimed that the role played by Josef B in their alleged confinement has not yet been investigated.
"We still don't know what the relationship with other people is. This is part of our research. He's stuck for questioning and is still being held, "police said.
The owner of the farm, identified by local media as 66-year-old Alida ten Oever, said that Josef was a reliable tenant who always paid the rent.
"It was always delivered on time. I'm really surprised to hear all this … I've never seen anything wrong there, "he said De Telegraaf.
A local resident told reporters that the handyman was "so sharp" but very protective of what was inside.
"You just had to get close to the courtyard and he already sent you away. He kept an eye on everything with binoculars. "
Another neighbor said he sensed that something was wrong inside the house surrounded by security cameras and guarded by a large fence, but he didn't know what it was.
The local postman said he had never been home.
"Actually it's rather strange, now I think about it," he told the Algemeen Dagblad news website.