|Armando de Andrade|
(Scroll down for video) Police were shocked to find a grown man tied to a bed in a windowless basement.
Police in Brazil, believe that 36-year-old Armando de Andrade, had been held captive for 20 years.
His beard had grown so long, it had reached his knees. His fingernails and toenails were also very long, police said.
Friends of the victim said that he was like any other teenager, and he loved to play guitar and skateboarding before he went missing when he was 16 years old.
His father and stepmother reportedly told friends that their son moved to another part of the country, where he started a family and was doing well.
Sadly, that was not the case as de Andrade was locked up in the windowless room of his father’s house in Sao Paulo.
Police found de Andrade, while searching the basement for members of a gang, who were said to be hiding in the home.
They did not find their suspects, but they rescued de Andrade. Officers said that the man is too traumatized to speak. He was taken to a hospital, where he is being treated.
When a friend came to visit, de Andrade answered questions by shaking his head, but he did not speak.
Police believe that the father locked up his son after he began experimenting with alcohol as other curious teenagers do.
However, the father denied the allegations and he told police that his son left home many years ago, but returned last week.
The father said that his son told him that he became addicted to drugs and asked his father to lock him in the basement without giving him the keys until he gets sober.
Police are investigating the father and his wife, who were forced to go into hiding following aggression from angry neighbors.