Pictured: Man who raised alarm about family 'waiting for end of times' in Dutch house

Mail Online | 10/16/2019 | Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
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The first pictures have emerged of a 25-year-old man who saved his family from a life in isolation at a remote Dutch house while waiting 'for the end of time' after he walked to a nearby bar and asked for help.

Police say Jan Zon van Dorsten had been living in a 'small, enclosed space' at a house in Ruinerwold, around 60 miles north of Amsterdam, for the last nine years until he appeared at a bar in the town on Sunday, ordered five beers, and asked for help.

Officers - Homestead - Jan - Brothers - Sisters

That led officers to the remote homestead where they found Jan's four brothers and sisters, aged between 18 and 25, along with their father. The family has been taken to a safe location while a seventh person - Austrian Josef B, 58 - has been arrested.

Investigators admit they are deeply puzzled by the case and are still working to answer key questions - such as whether the family were held against their will, and what exactly their relationship was with Josef B.

Mystery - Fact - Jan - Son - Access

The mystery is deepened further by the fact that Jan, the eldest son, had access to social media and had been active on Facebook since June this year.

Posts on his public profile show he used the platform for several years until 2010, when he posted saying that he had moved to Ruinerwold - the village where the house is located.

Profile - June - Year - Post - Announcing

The profile then goes silent until June this year, when it suddenly reactivated with a post announcing that Jan was working as an online store manager at Creconat, located in Meppel - a village around four miles from Ruinerwold.

'Creativity for everyone!' the post says.

Creconat - Timber - Company - Native - Creative

Creconat is associated with a timber company called Native Creative Economy, also based in Meppel, which is owned by Josef B, according to De Telegraaf.

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