Utility Workers Find Children Living in Sewer Beneath Seattle
Meter readers in the city of Federal Way, just south of Seattle, noticed that a manhole cover was left open last Friday. They repeatedly closed the manhole, only to find it left open again later in the day. Since this had occurred several times before in the past month, they decided to call in a sewer crew to figure out why the 80lb manhole cover wouldn’t stay in place.
What the crew discovered at the bottom of the manhole was absolutely shocking. Toys, binoculars, snacks, clothes, and a makeshift bed. It appeared that children were living in the sewer. Eventually the crew noticed two boys who were roughly 12 or 13 years old, watching from afar. The boys admitted that they had been staying in the sewer.
After Ken Miller, a member of the sewer crew, warned the boys about the dangers of going into the sewer, which includes methane gas buildups and disease carrying animals, the boys ran away. They haven’t been seen since.
Miller admitted that “I’ve been doing this kind of work for over 30 years, and I’ve never, never come across it before,” before adding that “No one should be down there … this could have been life and death.”