Skip to comments.Berry, DeJesus found alive, police source confirms (Girls had been missing for 10 years)
Posted on 05/06/2013 5:08:19 PM PDT by chrisser
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Long-missing Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus have been found alive, a police source confirms.
WOIO Channel 19 had reported that a woman claiming to be Berry called police Monday afternoon and told a dispatcher that she was in a house on Seymour Avenue on the city's West Side. The woman said DeJesus was with her.
"We've confirmed it's them," a detective said. "They are alive and safe."
Berry, now 27, and DeJesus, 23, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. The FBI and police will interview the women when they are discharged, the detective said.
Police arrested the owner of the house, Ariel Castro, 52, who had lived in the house since 1992. Records show he was arrested for domestic violence in 1993, but a grand jury declined to indict him.
Neighbors on Seymour said a man was arrested and three women came out of the home.
Berry disappeared at about 7:40 p.m. April 21, 2003, a day before her 17th birthday. She was last seen leaving her job at a Burger King at West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue.
DeJesus, then 14, vanished April 2, 2004, while walking home from school in the same area. Since then, the two have been the subject of numerous vigils.
Outside of MetroHealth tonight, a growing crowd awaits word on the women's condition.
Berrys cousin, Tasheena Mitchell, 26, who was 16 years old when Berry disappeared, said her brother had called to tell her the news that Berry is alive. But she said she received it skeptically, having had her hopes dashed by false reports in the past.
She was my best friend, Mitchell said.
A friend interrupted her, Shes alive. She is your best friend.
Youre right, Mitchell continued. She is my best friend. Im so nervous. Im so excited. They wont let me inside. But I will stay here all night if I have to.
BREAKING: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are ALIVE; Man arrested..(Girls missing for 9-10 years.)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
A woman claiming to be Amanda Berry called Cleveland Police Monday afternoon.
She said she was kidnapped 10 years ago and said she is currently at a home at 2210 Seymour.
She also told the 911 dispatcher that Gina DeJesus is with her. A third missing woman, 32-year old Michelle Knight, was in the home with Berry and DeJesus. It’s believed Knight disappeared when she was 20.
At least one of the women has a baby.
One witness says he saw Amanda Berry come running out of the house kicking and screaming “Help me!” She was carrying a baby in her arms.
Cleveland Police have arrested a 52 year old man at the house where the three women were found.
19 Action News is on the scene speaking with family members and witnesses.
I hope they string up the creep who held them.
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Why didn't that happen years ago? I'm sure we'll find out sooner or later.........
My thoughts as well!
First put him alone in a room with the girls fathers for about ten minutes or so.
Thank you Jesus!
I never thought I'd hear this news, considering the "usual" outcome for these missing persons cases...so that's great news!!
Perhaps the best possible local news story for this area. Certainly among the top five.
not me today, but I did sixty years ago, as I lived in that area and played outdoors and felt safe...but then the world was a different place...
I also worked in the west 25th street area fifty years ago when I began a hairdressing career...dang today I wouldn't go to that area with out packing heat...
There have Been 3 arrests.
I am glad the girls were found alive, but like you my first thoughts were:
1. Why are the Cleveland police so bad with this kind of stuff?
2. Sowel who had murdered all those girls & women.
3. The police who drove by that dead girl and mistook her body for a dead deer.
Time will reveal the truth about these girls decade in captivity, but the Cleveland police really look very bad in this matter. I recall seeing interviews with family members in the Sowell case and those interviews gave the impression the police didn’t really care or try very hard to find the women.
I would be, am, very curious to find out what the Cleveland Police Detective rate is for dealing with missing children/women compared to other cities. Another chamber of horrors to be revealed...what a sad, sad thing.
Berry, DeJesus, Knight found alive, police source confirms
Amazing story. Incredible that they are still alive. Praise God!