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    Frantic 911 call leads to 3 missing women in Ohio
    ..Frantic 911 call leads to 3 missing women in Ohio
    By THOMAS J. SHEERAN and JOHN COYNE | Associated Press 1 min 29 secs ago....

    ....CLEVELAND (AP) The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

    Those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who vanished a decade ago were found Monday, elating family members and friends who had longed to see them again.

    Authorities later arrested three brothers, ages 50 to 54. A relative said one of them is the homeowner, his nephew Ariel Castro.

    Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s.

    A 6-year-old also was found in the home, and Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said Tuesday that the girl is believed to be Berry's daughter.

    The women appeared to be in good health and were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and reunited with relatives. They were released from Metro Health Medical Center on Tuesday morning.

    Neighbor Juan Perez told NBC's "Today" show that he rarely saw Castro or anyone else at the house.

    "I thought the home was vacant. I thought he probably had another property and he would just come and check and see if everything is OK." Perez said. "I didn't even know anybody lived there."

    The women's escape and rescue began with a frenzied cry for help.

    A neighbor, Charles Ramsey, told WEWS-TV he heard screaming Monday and saw Berry, whom he didn't recognize, at a door that would open only enough to fit a hand through. He said she was trying desperately to get outside and pleaded for help to reach police.

    "I heard screaming," he said. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."

    Neighbor Anna Tejeda was sitting on her porch with friends when they heard someone across the street kicking a door and yelling.

    Tejeda, 50, said one of her friends went over and told Berry how to kick the screen out of the bottom of the door, which allowed her to get out.

    Speaking Spanish, which was translated by one of her friends, Tejeda said Berry was nervous and crying. She was dressed in pajamas and old sandals.

    At first Tejeda said she didn't want to believe who the young woman was. "You're not Amanda Berry," she insisted. "Amanda Berry is dead."

    But when Berry told her she'd been kidnapped and held captive, Tejeda said she gave her the telephone to call police, who arrived within minutes and then took the other women from the house.

    On a recorded 911 call Monday, Berry declared: "I'm Amanda Berry. I've been on the news for the last 10 years."

    She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to come to the home on Cleveland's west side before the man returned.

    "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years," she told the dispatcher. "And I'm here. I'm free now."

    Police said Knight disappeared in 2002 at age 20 and is 32 now. Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. About a year later, DeJesus vanished at age 14 on her way home from school.

    Berry is now 27, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Authorities didn't provide a current age for DeJesus. They were found just a few miles from where they had vanished.

    Police identified the three suspects as Ariel Castro, 52; Pedro Castro, 54; and their 50-year-old brother.

    Julio Castro, who runs a grocery store half a block from where the women were found, said Ariel Castro is the homeowner and his nephew.

    Attempts to reach Ariel Castro in jail were unsuccessful Monday. Messages to the sheriff's office and a jail spokesman went unanswered, and there was no public phone listing for the home, which was being searched by dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies.

    Officials said Tuesday they had no records of anyone calling about criminal activity at the house where three kidnapped women were kept for years before being found. They also had no records of code violations or fire department calls.

    Police did go to the house twice in the past 15 years, officials said.

    In 2000, before the women vanished, Ariel Castro reported a fight in the street, but no arrests were made, Public Safety Director Martin Flask said. In 2004, officers went to the home after child welfare officials alerted them that Ariel Castro, a school bus driver, apparently left a child unattended on a bus, Flask said. No one answered the door at Castro's house, and police later determined there was no criminal intent, he said.

    The women's loved ones said they hadn't given up hope of seeing them again.

    A childhood friend of DeJesus, Kayla Rogers, said she couldn't wait to hug her.

    "I've been praying, never forgot about her, ever," Rogers told The Plain Dealer newspaper.

    Berry's cousin Tasheena Mitchell told the newspaper she couldn't wait to have Berry in her arms.

    "I'm going to hold her, and I'm going to squeeze her and I probably won't let her go," she said.

    Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.

    Councilwoman Dona Brady said she had spent many hours with Miller, who never gave up hope that her daughter was alive.

    "She literally died of a broken heart," Brady said.

    Mayor Frank Jackson expressed gratitude that the three women were found alive. He said there are many unanswered questions in the ongoing investigation.
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    Default 3 women allegedly held for a decade rescued in Ohio

    Police: No indication women were being held at home

    Officials have no indication that anybody living near the Cleveland home where three women were believed to have been held captive for years ever called authorities about anything suspicious there, city Public Safety Director Martin Flask said. Flask said that assessment is based on an initial review of city databases; officials will continue to examine the databases, he said.

    [Original story, posted at 9:26 a.m. Tuesday]

    911 call -- 'I've been kidnapped!' -- cops find 3 women missing for years

    (CNN) -- Amanda Berry was last seen after finishing her shift at a Burger King in Cleveland in 2003. It was the eve of her 17th birthday.

    Georgina "Gina" DeJesus disappeared nearly a year later, in April 2004. She was 14.

    Michele Knight vanished in 2002, at age 19, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

    But all three were found alive in a home in a Cleveland neighborhood Monday night, police announced in a development hailed as a miracle by their families.

    "Help me, I am Amanda Berry," the young woman told police in a frantic 911 call from a neighbor's house. "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here, I'm free now."

    Amanda Berry vanished a few blocks from her Cleveland, Ohio, home on April 21, 2003. She was 16. On Monday, May 6, she was found with two other missing women blocks from where she disappeared. Georgiana "Gina" DeJesus was found on May 6 with Amanda Berry and Michele Knight in Cleveland. DeJesus was last seen in Cleveland on April 2, 2004, on her way home from school. She was 14 when she went missing.

    Neighbor kicked in door to rescue women Police swiftly moved in on the house where the three women said they had been held and later arrested a 52-year-old man, identified as a former school bus driver. Two others, identified as his brothers, ages 50 and 54, also have been arrested, Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told reporters late Monday. Police believe only the middle brother lived at the home, he said.

    The men are being held in the city jail awaiting charges. An FBI team is collecting evidence in the house.

    "This is a great, great outcome that we have them still with us," Tomba said. "It's just truly, truly amazing and it's a blessing to the community and to the members of the police department and their families that they're alive. I can't tell you how happy we are."

    Those feelings were echoed at Cleveland's Metro Health Medical Center where the three women and a fourth person were treated before being released Tuesday morning.

    "This isn't the ending we usually hear to these stories, so we're very happy," said Dr. Gerald Maloney, an emergency room physician there. "We're very happy for them."

    A fourth person had been treated at the hospital. Maloney would not identify that person, but witnesses said Berry, who escaped from the house with the help of a neighbor, had a young child with her.

    The escape

    Neighbor Charles Ramsey was sitting down to a fast food meal Monday night when he heard screaming.

    "I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house," he told CNN affiliate WEWS. "I go on the porch and she says, 'help me get out. I've been in here a long time.'"

    Figuring it was a domestic dispute, Ramsey kicked in the bottom of the door and the woman came out with a little girl and said, "Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry," according to Ramsey, who admitted he didn't recognize the name or know she was missing.

    Free from the house where they had been held captive, Berry pleaded for a phone.

    "They were crazy, screaming, 'Help, call police, please help.' ... They were desperate, crying, running," said Angela Garcia, whose aunt provided the phone for them to call police.

    Ramsey also called 911, less than a minute later.

    "She's like, 'This (expletive) kidnapped me and my daughter,'" he told 911.

    DeJesus's mother, Nancy, met with her at the hospital, cousin Sylvia Colon told CNN's "Piers Morgan Live." She had never given up hope of finding her daughter alive.

    Kidnapping suspect's son 'truly stunned'

    Amanda Berry's aunt didn't give up hope

    John Walsh's advice to abduction victims "She has always said that she just could feel it, a link a mom can feel, but she always believed Gina was alive and well," Colon said. "She always believed that. I just want to say what a phenomenal Mother's Day gift she gets this Mother's Day."

    Suspect's identity

    Read CNN story on three missing from 2009

    Brian Cummins, a councilman who represents the area where the women were found, identified the suspect as Ariel Castro.

    The Plain Dealer reported that Castro was arrested at a nearby McDonald's.

    His uncle, Julio Castro, told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" that his family had grown up in the same west Cleveland neighborhood and knew the DeJesus family.

    Castro used to work as a bus driver for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, according to district spokeswoman Roseann Canfora. She did not have specifics Monday night on how long he was employed, when he left or whether he was fired or left voluntarily.

    Ramsey told reporters the suspect wasn't known for anything exciting -- "until today."

    "We see this dude every day. I've been here a year. I barbecued with this dude. We eat ribs and listen to salsa music," Ramsey said.

    "We never saw the girls there, and we were always outside," she said. "We only saw the guy."

    Neighbor Israel Lugo said his sister got a bad vibe from the house and asked him not to let the children play unsupervised nearby. He said he heard yelling in the house in November 2011 and called police to investigate, but they left after no one answered the door.

    He said he saw Castro at the park Sunday with a little girl and asked who it was.

    "He said it was his girlfriend's daughter," Lugo told CNN.

    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said there were "many unanswered questions regarding this case, and the investigation will be ongoing." But he added, "I am thankful that these three young ladies are found and alive."

    While amazing, such discoveries are more common now, said John D. Ryan, CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

    "To us at the National Center, this is not something that we find shocking any more," he said. "The fact is, we have seen more and more long term missing cases end up in the victim being rescued many years after their original abduction."

    The most widely reported such incident in recent years was that of Jaycee Dugard, who was freed in 2009 after 18 years of captivity behind the home of a California couple.

    Last year, he said, a 43-year-old man was found and reunited with his mother after being abducted at the age of 2.

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    Three Girls Missing for 10 Years Found Alive

    The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

    Those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who vanished a decade ago were found Monday, elating family members and friends who had longed to see them again.

    Authorities later arrested three brothers. They released no names and gave no information about them or what charges they might face. A relative said one of them is the homeowner, his nephew Ariel Castro.

    Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s.

    A 6-year-old also was found in the home. At a Tuesday morning press conference, authorities said that the child was Amanda Berry's but did not identify a father.

    The women appeared to be in good health and were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and be reunited with relatives.

    Neighbor Juan Perez told NBC's Today show that he rarely saw Castro or anyone else at the house.

    "I thought the home was vacant. I thought he probably had another property and he would just come and check and see if everything is okay." Perez said. "I didn't even know anybody lived there."


    The Rescue Begins
    The women's escape and rescue began with a frenzied cry for help.

    A neighbor, Charles Ramsey, told WEWS-TV he heard screaming Monday and saw Berry, whom he didn't recognize, at a door that would open only enough to fit a hand through. He said she was trying desperately to get outside and pleaded for help to reach police.

    "I heard screaming," he said. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."

    Neighbor Anna Tejeda was sitting on her porch with friends when they heard someone across the street kicking a door and yelling.

    Tejeda, 50, said one of her friends went over and told Berry how to kick the screen out of the bottom of the door, which allowed her to get out.

    Speaking Spanish, which was translated by one of her friends, Tejeda said Berry was nervous and crying. She was dressed in pajamas and old sandals.

    At first Tejeda said she didn't want to believe who the young woman was. "You're not Amanda Berry," she insisted. "Amanda Berry is dead."

    But when Berry told her she'd been kidnapped and held captive, Tejeda said she gave her the telephone to call police, who arrived within minutes and then took the other women from the house.

    On a recorded 911 call Monday, Berry declared, "I'm Amanda Berry. I've been on the news for the last 10 years."

    She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to come to the home on Cleveland's west side before the man returned.

    "I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years," she told the dispatcher. "And I'm here. I'm free now."


    Vanished Only a Few Miles Away
    Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. About a year later, DeJesus vanished at age 14 on her way home from school. Police said Knight disappeared in 2002 and is 32 now.

    Berry is now 27, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Authorities didn't provide a current age DeJesus. They were found just a few miles from where they had vanished.

    Police said one of the brothers who was arrested, a 52-year-old, lived at the home, and the others, ages 50 and 54, lived elsewhere.

    Ramsey, the neighbor, said he'd barbecued with the home's owner and never suspected anything was amiss.

    "There was nothing exciting about him – well, until today," he said.

    Julio Castro, who runs a grocery store half a block from where the women were found, said the homeowner arrested is his nephew, Ariel Castro.

    Berry also identified Ariel Castro by name in her 911 call.

    Attempts to reach Ariel Castro in jail were unsuccessful Monday. Messages to the sheriff's office and a jail spokesman went unanswered, and there was no public phone listing for the home, which was being searched by dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies.

    The uncle said Ariel Castro had worked as a school bus driver. The Cleveland school district confirmed he was a former employee but wouldn't release details.


    Relatives Never Gave Up Hope
    The women's loved ones said they hadn't given up hope of seeing them again.

    A childhood friend of DeJesus, Kayla Rogers, said she couldn't wait to hug her.

    "I've been praying, never forgot about her, ever," Rogers told the Plain Dealer newspaper.

    Berry's cousin Tasheena Mitchell told the newspaper she couldn't wait to have Berry in her arms.

    "I'm going to hold her, and I'm going to squeeze her and I probably won't let her go," she said.

    Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.

    Councilwoman Dona Brady said she had spent many hours with Miller, who never gave up hope that her daughter was alive.

    "She literally died of a broken heart," Brady said.


    Unanswered Questions
    Mayor Frank Jackson expressed gratitude that the three women were found alive. He said there are many unanswered questions in the ongoing investigation.

    At Metro Health Medical Center, Dr. Gerald Maloney wouldn't discuss the women's conditions in detail but said they were being evaluated by appropriate specialists.

    "This is really good, because this isn't the ending we usually hear in these stories," he said. "So, we're very happy."

    In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to 4 years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry. A judge in Cleveland sentenced Robert Wolford on his guilty plea to obstruction of justice, making a false report and making a false alarm.

    Last summer, Wolford tipped authorities to look for Berry's remains in a Cleveland lot. He was taken to the location, which was dug up with backhoes.

    Two men arrested for questioning in the disappearance of DeJesus in 2004 were released from the city jail in 2006 after officers didn't find her body during a search of the men's house.

    In September 2006, police acting on a tip tore up the concrete floor of the garage and used a cadaver dog to search unsuccessfully for DeJesus' body. Investigators confiscated 19 pieces of evidence during their search but declined to comment on the significance of the items then.

    Missing Girls Found Alive After 10 Years : People.com

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    Saw this on CNN last night. So happy they were found alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairy View Post
    Saw this on CNN last night. So happy they were found alive.
    They better give Charles Ramsey every bit of that $25,000 reward money. And the keys to the city. And a lifetime gift certificate to McDonald's.
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    Awesome story! I'm so sorry that Amanda's mother passed before they could be reunited.

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    i don't even want to think about what they went through during those ten years.
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    His quotes were the icing on a wonderful, wonderful cake.

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    Happy Mothers Day to all families. I hope those so called men fry. Or at least stay locked up forever.
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    Unbelievable story. For 10 years no one knew they were there nor could they escape?! Glad they're safe. Amanda Berry had a 6 year old daughter too. I can't imagine going through all of that. I'm sure we'll find out the horrible details. How do you ever recover from this kind of thing?

    Now we'll see how the men like being held captive and assaulted...
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    Charles Ramsey is so tough he knocked down a door and freed some hostages while eating McNuggets with his free hand. Take that, Chuck Norris!
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    Posted on: 8:28 am, July 19, 2012



    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The search for Amanda Berry is over. For the past two days, excavating crews dug through an empty lot after receiving a tip from a convict who claimed he knew where the missing teen was buried.
    Around 2:30 Friday afternoon, crews completed their search at a small lot on West 30th Street and Wade Avenue in Cleveland, but were not able to locate any remains.
    Cleveland resident Pedro Castro said, “That’s a waste of money.”

    Police on Berry Search: ‘We Had Our Hopes Up’ | FOX8.com

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    well, that's some nerve. He watched them dig and got interviewed all the while knowing exactly where she was.





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    Extraordinary. I'm fascinated in the hostage psychology where they seem to lose the desire to escape over 10 YEARS. Surely they must have had a few opportunities in all that time. While I can't begin to imagine what these poor girls have endured, my heart (yes, I have one) also goes out to their families who must have assumed they were dead, probably in horrific circumstances, and now find they are alive after all. Families of other missing loved ones will now have renewed hope, probably false, that their story will have a happy ending too. That's got to mess with your mind.
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    "Elsie Cintron, who lives three houses away, said her daughter once saw a naked woman crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard several years ago and called police. "But they didn't take it seriously," she said."

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    "A third call came from neighborhood women who lived in an apartment building. Those women told Lugo they called police because they saw three young girls crawling on all fours naked with dog leashes around their necks. Three men were controlling them in the back yard. The women told Lugo they waited two hours but police never responded to the calls"

    Source: Reports of sexual abuse, beatings inside the Cleveland house

    Sounds like the police need a review.

    And Sylvia Browne needs a cunt punt for telling the mother of one of the girls that her daughter was dead.
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