3 Women Missing For a Decade Found Safe
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Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago when they were in their teens or early 20s were found alive Monday in Cleveland and three men were arrested.
A neighbor said he heard screams and ran to the house where he found one of the women, Amanda Berry, and lent her his cell phone to call 911. Berry told the dispatcher that the person who’d taken her was out of the house and pleaded for police to come get and her, saying, “I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years.”
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Also found in the home were Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Berry disappeared at age 16 in April 2003, after calling her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. DeJesus disappeared at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later. They were both found just a few miles from where they had gone missing. Knight, who is now 32, disappeared in 2002.
Police say Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s.
According to AP, one of the women has a six-year-old baby. Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba says the girl is believed to be Amanda Berry’s daughter.
Three men were arrested, with some reports saying they were brothers, and among them reportedly was a 52-year-old Cleveland public schools bus driver named Ariel Castro.
Cleveland officials say they have no records of anyone calling about criminal activity at the house where three kidnapped women were kept for years before being found.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.