ALGIERS - A man who was presumed dead after he was “kidnapped” as a teenager has been found in his neighbour’s cellar 27 years later.

Omar Bin Omran disappeared from his home in Djelfa in Algeria when he was 17 years old and his family assumed he had been killed during a civil war.

But Mr Bin Omran, now 45, was discovered in his 61-year-old neighbour’s cellar on Sunday, the Sun reports.

Shocking footage has emerged of Mr Bin Omran being helped out of the hay-covered cellar where he had allegedly been hidden since 1997 - metres away from his family home.

Reports in Algeria claimed he had been kept under haystacks in a covered well on a sheep farm.