Algerian man found alive after three decades of disappearance

An Algerian Man who has been missing for more than thirty years is found alive in a hidden chamber of his neighbor’s house. The man, identified as Bin Omran Omar, vanished three decades ago at the age of 17, followed by an alleged kidnapping.

As per the sources, Omar was found alive in a neighbour’s house inside a hole in the ground, in a sheep pen underneath a stack of hay.

Also known as Imran, is said to be one of the nine children who disappeared in the city of Djelfa in Algeria. After he vanished, his family assumed that he had been killed during the civil war between the North African nation’s government and various Islamist rebel groups that raged for 10 years in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Algerian man found alive after thirty years
Algerian man found alive after thirty years

However, the truth was he was much closer to home and found 200 meters away from his own family. The culprit, aged 61, is now in police custody after Omar, aged 45, was rescued on May 12, 2024.

Reportedly, the footage was shared on social media and broadcast on Algerian television networks of the moment that he was found in what appeared to be a hole in the ground, as described by the authorities as a sheep pen, within the home of his alleged captor.

The blurry videos show torchlights shining into a pit surrounded by hay as Omar furtively looks up, seemingly in shock at the search party surrounding him, which found him with stray pieces of straw in his hair.

Algerian man found alive  after thirty years
Algerian man found alive after thirty years

Ever since then, images have circulated of the bearded man who emerged from the hole, who was thought to be a sheep pen, and of him as a teenager, sitting with a dog and with young children before he disappeared.

According to the reports, the dog pined for him close to the spot where he was being held and recognized his smell. Then, the captor allegedly poisoned the dog to ward the family off.

A was launched back then for Omar in 1998 after he went missing while on his way to a vocational school. Now, he is in his 40s and is of 45-years-old, he was found in haystacks after the captor’s brother aired grievances on social media due to an inheritance dispute.

Algerian man found alive after thirty years
Algerian man found alive after thirty years

This prompted the family to storm the house in search of Omar. When they found him, the alleged captor attempted to flee before being restrained and then arrested.

Tragically, Omar’s mother died back in 2013 without knowing the truth about what actually happened to her son. The reports suggest that Omar was made aware of his mother’s death while in captivity.

Following this, a relative contacted him on Facebook and said, “Thank god my cousin was found. Bin Imran Omar is in good health after 26 years after the disappearance while awaiting details of the case and investigations.”

The Public prosecutors in Djelfa said that Omar will receive psychological care after being rescued as they vowed to get him justice.

The Djelfa Attorney General’s Office informed the public that on May 12 at 8:00 p.m. local time, it found victim Omar B, 45, in the case of his neighbour, B.A., 61.