Police: Boy was hidden for a year after seeing dad’s slaying

An Ohio teenager who witnessed his father’s fatal shooting last year and then disappeared has been found unharmed in a house where he was hidden all the time without going to school or seeing friends, police said.

Investigators say they are now looking into how and why several people hid 15-year-old Jacob Caldwell, who was found this week after months of searching.

Caldwell appeared to be healthy and there were no signs he had been locked up or restrained against his will inside the house just outside Dayton, said Sugarcreek Township Police Chief Michael Brown.

He was discovered Monday night after investigators received an anonymous tip that he might be at the house, Brown said, adding four adults were also found in the house at the time.

He said Caldwell was not very talkative and appeared nonchalant after detectives took him from the home. The teen’s long hair, which looked like it hadn’t been cut in a year, was about the only thing indicating he had been kept isolated, according to Brown.

The teen was last seen on Aug. 21, 2017, less than a week after he and two younger siblings witnessed his father’s fatal shooting in a parking lot outside an office park near Dayton.