Man with 'no teeth' discovered after being 'locked up for 28 years'

Associated Press
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Police in Stockholm are investigating a woman in her 70s suspected of having kept her son locked up — reportedly for 28 years —after the man was found “with no teeth” in a “filthy” apartment south of the Swedish capital.

Prosecutor Emma Olsson, who heads the preliminary investigation, said the woman who was held on suspicion of unlawful deprivation of liberty and grievous bodily harm.

Olsson said the 41-year-old son was found by a relative who then alerted authorities.

The woman has denied wrongdoing, Olsson said, adding that the son was admitted to a hospital to be treated for “the physical injuries he had when he was found.”

The apartment building where the man was found.
A man with no teeth has been discovered in a filthy apartment after allegedly being held hostage for 28 years by his mother. Source: AP

“We cannot go into what type of injuries” he has, Olsson said.

Swedish newspaper Expressen said the man was found Sunday by a relative who had learned that the elderly woman had been admitted to a hospital.

The relative went to the flat, found the main door unlocked and entered it.

The relative who was not identified, told the daily that there was “urine, dirt and dust” all over the place and “it smelled rotten”.

She heard a noise from the kitchen and found the man sitting on blankets and pillows.

A police officer walks into the apartment building where the man was found.
The man's mother is now being questioned by authorities. Source: AP

Man had ‘no teeth and sores on his legs’

According to the relative’s account in the paper, he had no teeth, had sores on his legs and his speech was slurred.

“He spoke very fast and a little incoherently, but he was not afraid of me,” the relative was quoted as saying by Expressen.

The daily said the man’s apparent captivity had started 28 years ago, which would have made him 13 at the time.

Olsson said investigators would be interviewing the mother, the son and witnesses.

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