May 8, 2013 1:28:32 am
Three women who disappeared separately about a decade ago and the child of one of them were found in a home in this Midwestern US city and likely had been tied up during years of captivity,authorities said Tuesday. Police arrested the man who owns the home and his two brothers.
Amanda Berry,Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were apparently held captive in the house since they were in their teens or early 20s,police said. The women appeared to be in good health.
A 6-year-old girl also was found in the home,and police said the child is believed to be Berrys daughter.
The women were discovered after Berry escaped from the house and made a frantic telephone call to emergency services from a neighbors home and told the dispatcher that she had been abducted.
Ive been kidnapped,and Ive been missing for 10 years, she said. Im free now.
Authorities said Knight disappeared in 2002 at age 20 and is 32 now. Berry,now 27,disappeared at age 16 on April 21,2003. About a year later,DeJesus vanished at age 14 on her way home from school.
They were found just a few kilometers from where they disappeared.
Police identified the three suspects as Ariel Castro,52; Pedro Castro,54; and Onil Castro,50. No immediate charges were brought against them.
Authorities would not say whether the women had been sexually assaulted.
A neighbour,Charles Ramsey,told WEWS-TV he heard screaming Monday and saw Berry,whom he didnt recognize,at a door that would open only enough to fit a hand through. He said she was trying desperately to get outside. I heard screaming, he said. Im eating my McDonalds. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house… I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl runs into a black mans arms.
Investigators celebrated the news almost as much as the families.
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