Three women who mysteriously disappeared in separate cases have been found alive in an Ohio home.
According to CNN, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were discovered in a house in Cleveland owned by 52-year-old Ariel Castro. He has been arrested in suspicion of their kidnapping.
Amanda Berry, who vanished a day before her 17th birthday on April 21, 2003, called the police after breaking out of the home.
“Help me, I am Amanda Berry,” she said during the 911 call. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here and I’m free now.”
The other two victims have been identified as Gina DeJesus, who went missing on April 2, 2004 and Michelle Knight, who was last seen 12 years ago.
According to reports, a neighbor helped Berry escape. “I heard screaming… and I see this girl going nuts trying to get outside,” he said. “I go on the porch and she said, ‘Help me get out. I¹ve been here a long time.’ I figure it was domestic violence dispute.”
“She comes out with a little girl and says, ‘Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry.’ When she told me, it didn’t register.”
Another neighbor said, “We never saw the girls there and we were always outside. We only saw the guy.”
Berry, DeJesus, Knight were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center and were said to be dehydrated, police said.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said he’s thankful the women war found alive. “We have many unanswered questions regarding this case and the investigation will be ongoing,” he said. Again, I am thankful that these three young ladies are found and alive.”
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