A WIFE allegedly “held captive for twelve years by her husband, who locked her in a torture room” was found “half-naked with her head shaved.”
The 53-year-old woman, whose name will not be released, was discovered by police in her bedroom in an apartment in the town of Forbach near the German border on Monday.
She claims she was kidnapped by her 55-year-old husband in 2011.
The woman was reportedly only able to escape after obtaining a mobile phone and phoning the German police on Sunday.
German officials alerted French authorities in the Moselle part of the country before a search was quickly launched.
of Germany Bild newspaper said the husband refused the police entry before they were finally forced to enter.
Three police officers then uncovered the horror.
According to local media reports, the woman was found half-naked, with a shaved head and signs of broken fingers and legs, trapped in a room said to be fenced off with metal wire.
It is also understood that she has not had anything to eat for some time, as medical tests revealed that her health was “not good”.
Her husband was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of kidnapping and torture.
He remains in police custody during the investigation.
Neighbors said they heard a woman screaming from the apartment and when they questioned the man, he told them his wife had cancer and was in pain.
A local said: “We never saw the women.”
“He told us that she had cancer and was crying because of her illness and the pain.”
Erika, another witness who lives on a nearby street, told AFP she last saw the woman “maybe 10 years ago” and thought “maybe she died or moved out.”
According to French media reports, police officers also found a notebook in the apartment in the form of a diary.
The man is believed to have kept a record of his actions, including the times he gave food to his wife.