Man abducted as a child, chained in underground box speaks out on new Fox Nation series ‘Lost Then Found’

The hole in the ground which housed the plywood box Martin was kept in can still be found in Virginia hoy. He was asked once what it was like to go back and stand in that hole after all those years.

Some scars just don’t heal,” Martin replied. “It’s hard to believe after 50 years that hole is still there. I still have a scar on me as well.

While Martin still remembers all that he endured, he felt that the world around had seemed to forget. Not just about his story, but about the dangers sexual predators pose to American cities, like the historic seaport town of Portsmouth where Martin disappeared five decades ago.

I needed to remind people that this story happened, that these things, these horrible things happen to children – and if you allow sex offenders to roam freely after having committed multiple offenses, they will do it again,” Martin said.


Martín, who is the subject of the series’ first episode, The Boy in the Box,” said that he hopes his story doesn’t just remind people about what can happen to children, but also what children go through and how society often attempts to project adult-thinking on to a child’s mind.

Children are used to being dependent on adults, said Martin. Even if the adult they look up to, the adult that takes care of them, is their assaulter, their abuser, their abductor—Martin maintained they will still cling to that person to survive.

It is not a crime that just happens and it’s over. That crime stays with those children for the rest of their lives. They will live that moment, they will live with that assault, that degradation.

This emotional struggle was present within Martin. After being left for dead as a child, chained inside that box, Martin was saved.

Martin said it was the hand of God that saved him and sent the hunters who ultimately found him out in the woods. Pero, while Martin believed he had the answer for qué had saved him, he could not answer why? Por qué was he saved?

A still of Paul Martin Andrews as a child from 'Lost Then Found' on Fox Nation

A still of Paul Martin Andrews as a child from ‘Lost Then Foundon Fox Nation (Fox News)

That question gnawed on Martin’s mind for many years, manifesting in self-medicationincluding drug use, Bebiendo, and other destructive behaviors. Martin said he lived in a household with parents who thought if no one talked about something, then it would eventually go away. He resultantly harbored a secret that few knew about.

I looked great on the outside, but inside I was coming apart,” Martin recalled.

It wasn’t just Martin who wanted answers; within weeks of his escape, trained medical professionalsincluding doctors and psychologistshad begun probing him with questions:

I had a psychiatrist who called me a liar and told my parents that I should be institutionalized… He didn’t believe my story.

One police officer even told Martin’s parents towatch out,” warning them that he may grow up to be a child molester himself.

Martin overheard this conversation.

Following these incidents, Martin refused all treatment out of fear that his parents would send him away. He slipped into states of depression and self-loathing that worsened as time went on, and when he realized that he was gay, Martin was devastated.

He was now a young man harboring not one, but two secrets. Eso “wasn’t cool to be gay” en aquel momento, said Martin. Worse yet, in his mind, Martin felt he had become his attacker.

I looked great on the outside, but inside I was coming apart.” – Paul Martin Andrews

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