Elizabeth Fritzl was a teenage girl when her family reported her missing.
From what people observed, she lived with a loving family and never had a crossword with either of her parents.
However, one night, Elizabeth went out to run some errands and never returned. Her family members were worried sick and suspected the worst.
They even did not dismiss the possibility that their daughter joined a religious cult as she often joked about it.
The parents filed a report, and the local authorities began their search for Elizabeth.
Almost a week after Elizabeth’s disappearance, the Fritzl household received a letter from their daughter who stated that she left them because she grew tired of the family.
The family members couldn’t believe it as Elizabeth never complained about anything and was always happy with everybody.
Following standard procedure, the police officers searching for the girl questioned everyone living in the area, including her parents.
No one knew about Elizabeth’s whereabouts. Her father, particular, was a little too co-operative with the police officers.
Everybody bought his act, thinking that he was just a devastated parent saddened by his daughter’s absence.
The reality was quite different as it was Josef Fritzl, the vanished girl’s parent responsible for her disappearance.
One day in August 1984, Josef Fritzl called Elizabeth into the family home’s basement.
He told her that he wanted help fixing the crooked door and asked her to carry it with him.
The teenage girl complied and assisted her father in putting the door back into place.
However, as soon as it connected with the hinges, Josef swung the door open with excessive force, knocking Elizabeth out cold.
He then forced a towel soaked with ether on his daughter’s mouth, making sure that she couldn’t defend herself after waking up.
Sadly, the only thing Elizabeth saw after that day was a dirty cellar wall. Her father trapped her there and would torture her frequently.
The thought that a man like John Fritzl would commit a heinous act like that crossed nobody’s mind.