It comes from the full sentence

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The portion before the comma I translated as "I noticed that/a guy", as the character just woke up in a dark room and is hearing voices around him in the dim light. The portion after the comma I am confused about. Does it mean anything literally? I think it's basically a string of particles with a "questioning" {{JP:ねえ}}, an "inquisitive/forceful" {{JP:のか}}, and a determined {{JP:よ}}. With that I guess that it gives the reader the feeling that the character is uncertain whether to be happy or afraid that he/she has noticed this other person.

  • What were you reading, by the way?
    – Angelos
    Feb 9, 2020 at 17:04
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    @AeonAkechi I was reading Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash :)
    – z.karl
    Feb 11, 2020 at 16:43

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~かよ tends to be a rough way of expressing surprise, like when you look at your watch and see it's already 11:30 PM. もうこんな時間かよ?!

Additionally, わかるやつ here does not - and cannot - mean 'I noticed that guy'. The word わかる here is an entire relative clause modifying やつ, so わかるやつ is 'a person/people who understand(s)/know(s)'.

Your understanding of ~ねえ here is wrong as well. It's not an elongated ね; rather it's a slangy pronunciation of ~ない. いねえ is a rough, slangy いない.

Accordingly the sentence わかるやつ、いねえのかよ means something like 'Come on, ain't there anybody who understands/knows?!'

By the way, it's a much better idea to show us the surrounding sentences rather than simply explaining the context yourself.

PS: Now that I know what you were reading and have been able to look up the context myself, it looks like the meaning was 'Ain't there anybody who knows where we are?!'

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