Man abducted as child, chained in an underground box talking about the new Fox Nation series ‘Lost Then Found’

Paul Martin Andrews was 13 years old when he was abducted, raped and kept for days in a small underground box with this one caught in 1973. Tells a story that spans almost 50 years, Martin, an advocate for rape survivors and sexual predator laws , spoke with Fox News Digital about his journey portrayed in the new Fox Nation series “Lost so Found: Stories of a Kidnapping.”

The hole in the ground that housed the plywood box Martin was kept in can still be found in Virginia today. He was once asked 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 the hole is still there. I also still have a scar on me.”

While Martin still remembers everything he endured, he felt that the world around him had apparently forgotten. Not just about his history, but about the dangers sexual predators pose to American cities, such as the historic port city of Portsmouth, where Martin disappeared five decades ago.

“I needed to remind people that this story happened, that these things, these terrible things are happening to children – and if you let sex offenders move freely after committing more offenses, they will do it again,” Martin said.


Martin, who is the subject of the first episode of the series, “The boy at the checkout” said he hopes his story not only reminds people of what can happen to children, but also what children go through and how society often tries to project adult thinking further into a child’s mind.

Children are used to being dependent on adults, Martin said. Although the adult they look up to, the adult who takes care of them, is their assailant, their abuser, their abductor – Martin maintained that they will still cling to him in order to survive.

“It’s not a crime that just happens, and it’s over. That crime stays with these children for the rest of their lives. They want to live the moment they want to live with that assault, that deterioration.”

This emotional struggle was present in Martin. After being left as a child, chained inside the box, Martin was rescued.

Martin said it was God’s hand that saved him and sent the hunters who eventually found him out in the woods. But while Martin thought he had the answer what had saved him, he could not answer whe? Why was he saved?

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

A still image of Paul Martin Andrews as a child from ‘Lost Then Found’ on Fox Nation
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This question gnawed at Martin’s mind for many years and manifested itself in self-medication – including drug use, drinking and other destructive behaviors. Martin said he lived in a household with parents who thought that if no one talked about anything, it would eventually go away. He therefore had a secret that few knew about.

“I looked good from the outside, but inside I was going apart,” Martin recalled.

It was not just Martin who wanted answers; within weeks of his escape, trained doctors – including doctors and psychologists – had begun examining him with questions:

“I had a psychiatrist who called me a liar and told my parents I should be institutionalized … He did not believe my story.”

A police officer even asked Martin’s parents to “take care” and warned them that he himself could grow to become a child abuser.

Martin overheard this conversation.

After these incidents, Martin refused all treatment for fear that his parents would send him away. He slipped into a state of depression and self-loathing that got worse as time went on, and when he realized he was gay, Martin was devastated.

He was now a young man with not one but two secrets. It was “not cool to be gay” back then, Martin said. Worse, in his mind, Martin felt he had become his attacker.

I looked good from the outside, but inside I was going apart. “- Paul Martin Andrews

As a 19-year-old, he left Virginia and moved to Florida in an attempt to live a life where people did not view him as a victim or “someone to be watched.”

One Sunday night, Martin went to a church to pray for the soldiers in the Gulf War, after George Bush had asked the Americans to do it on television. He remembered that it felt as if the prodigal son was returning when the Holy Spirit embraced him. He described it as God saying to him, “Welcome home.”

Martin often tells people that George Bush saved his life.

“That was what led to my healing: God prepared me for what he had saved me for,” Martin said. “It’s a night I will never forget.”

But what did God prepare Martin for?

One day Martin heard the news. His prisoner, serial rapist Richard Ausley, was set to be released from prison.

It was the man Martin had been told he would never have to worry about again. A decade before the abduction of Martin, Ausley had raped another child, a 10-year-old boy, several times under gunfire. He chopped the boy and threw him naked in a watery ditch. The boy spent the whole night fighting his way out of the ditch for help.

Ausley served 10 years for that offense. It was his third.

A picture of serial rapist Richard Ausley in prison from the Fox Nation series 'Lost Then Found: Tales of a Kidnapping'

A picture of serial rapist Richard Ausley in prison from the Fox Nation series ‘Lost Then Found: Tales of a Kidnapping’
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Martin knew at the time that he would feel responsible if he did not step out of the shadows and resign.

“I would not have committed the crime, but I could have done something to stop it. I said to myself, and I told my God that I will do everything I can to prevent this from happening, for to protect one child. “

One child became many. In an effort to keep Ausley behind bars, Martin successfully changed laws and funded programs to rehabilitate sex offenders and keep children in Virginia safe.

Thirty years after his kidnapping, Martin went public and successfully supported Virginia law with additional funds for continued civilian obligations for sex offenders.

Civil Liability Act for Sexually Violent Predators is a law that examines sex offenders before they are released to assess their risk of recidivism. If the risks are large enough, they can be placed in civilian confinement after a trial.

Currently, about 400 men are part of the program in Virginia, where they receive intensive psychotherapy. At admission, their recidivism rate or chance of recidivism averages between 75 and 85 percent. For those who have come out, their relapse rate dropped drastically to just four percent.

The vast majority inside will not come out, Martin said.

“These men are a danger to the public and we know with almost certainty that most of them will insult again,” – Paul Martin Andrews

Martin said he helped renew almost every law on sex offenders in the state of Virginia and introduced two-strike, three-strike laws to put these offenders to life. The civilian engagement program then acts as a safety net. Over time, it is hoped that the program will shrink as laws recognize re-enforcement rates.

Some critics of Martin’s work have argued that these laws are a case of double jeopardy, or that they are punishable for crimes not yet committed. Martin rejects this idea.

“These men are a danger to the public, and we know with almost certainty that most of them will insult again within three to five years,” Martin said, noting that the program is risk-limiting, with the state deciding what levels of re offenses are “acceptable”.

He adds that the laws have already found their way through Virginia State and the U.S. Supreme Court and have been considered constitutional.

“We have every right to protect our streets. We have every right to protect our children, every right to take these dangers and deal with them before they commit crimes.”


“… God gave me the tools for this documentary to communicate the problems that are going on here …” – Paul Martin Andrews

IN full documentary, available to stream on Fox Nation, Martin gives a detailed account of his kidnapping, his tumultuous journey towards the reform of sexual predator laws in Virginia and the fate of his prisoner, Richard Ausley.

Martin hopes that now that people remember his story.

“I made this documentary because I was led to it. I did not seek this, but God gave me the tool for this documentary to be able to communicate the problems that are going on here in the state of Virginia that I need to the must be worked with. They need to be aware of that, ”said Martin.

“And then I’m here again, you know 18 years later, go up to the General Assembly and say ‘remember this happened, remember this boy? Remember what you voted unanimously 18 years ago? Well, we’re here again. We are here again. “‘

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