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Three Long-Missing Women Found Alive in Cleveland

These undated handout photos provided by the FBI show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina
These undated handout photos provided by the FBI show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina "Gina" Dejesus. Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s.
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Police in the north-central U.S. city of Cleveland are praising the bravery of three women who were found alive late Monday after vanishing for a decade.
 
Police say they have arrested three brothers for the women's kidnapping: 54-year-old Pedro Castro, 50-year-old Onil Castro and 52-year-old Ariel Castro, the owner of the house where the women were found.
 
Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told reporters the "real hero" was Amanda Berry, the kidnapped woman who escaped and called the police.
 
"Help me! I am Amanda Berry. I need police. I have been kidnapped and I have been missing for 10 years, and I am here, I am free now," Berry said on a recorded 911 call.

  • Ariel Castro, who is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape, appears in Cleveland Municipal Court, May 9, 2013.
  • Nancy Ruiz, mother of Gina DeJesus, speaks to the media after bringing her daughter home in Cleveland, Ohio, May 8, 2013.
  • Pastor Larry Harris leads a prayer vigil near the home where three women were held captive for a decade, in Cleveland, Ohio, May 8, 2013.
  • A sheriff deputy stands outside a house where three women escaped after going missing a decade ago, Cleveland, Ohio, May 7, 2013.
  • Amber Berry hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital Monday May 6, 2013. (Family Handout courtesy WOIO-TV)
  • Members of the FBI evidence team remove items from a house where three missing women were found, Cleveland, Ohio, May 6, 2013.
  • Police and FBI congregate outside a house where three missing women were found, Cleveland, Ohio, May 6, 2013.

Authorities say the other two women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, are in good condition. A six-year-old also found in the home is believed to be Berry's daughter.
 
Neighbors say they were alerted to the women's location Monday after hearing screams for help. One neighbor says he kicked out the bottom of the door so Berry and a young girl could escape and phone authorities.
 
The families of the rescued women say they are overjoyed to have them back.
 
"I will tell you this, because I was there to see her — all three girls — God works in mysterious ways," said Sandra Ruiz, DeJesus's aunt. "It is just unbelievable. These girls, these women are so strong, stronger than I am, I will tell you that much, and they all have a positive attitude, and this is what we need from everyone."
 
Berry was reported missing in 2003 at the age of 16 when she did not return home from work at a local restaurant. DeJesus, then 14, vanished a year later on her way home from school. Knight was about 20 years old when she disappeared in 2002.
 
The cases had not been thought to be related before now.
 
Cleveland officials say they have no records of anyone calling about criminal activity at the house.

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3 Long-Missing Women Found Alive in Clevelandi
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May 07, 2013 11:50 AM
Three U.S. women who had been missing for about a decade have been found alive in a residential area of the north central U.S. city of Cleveland.

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