Three Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Rescued After 10 Years

Three Ohio women who have been missing for almost 10 years were rescued yesterday from a home in Cleveland.

One of the women, Amanda Berry, alerted authorities with a 911 call. "Help me! I'm Amanda Berry. ... I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm here. I'm free now," said the 26-year-old kidnapping victim.

Berry has been missing since 2003. The other two women found with her were Gina DeJesus, who vanished in 2004, and Michelle Knight, who was reported missing in 2002.

Three men, ages 50, 52 and 54, were arrested based on information that the women provided. One of the men was identified as Ariel Castro. He has been working as a bus driver for Cleveland public schools and supposedly owns the house where the women were found.

The young woman was freed up to make her frantic phone calls when a neighbor, Charles Ramsey, saw Berry screaming in a doorway. "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." Berry was able to kick out the screen on the door and make her escape, Reuters reported. 

The women are being treated at MetroHealth Medical Center. They are all safe and appear to be in "fair condition." "This isn't the ending we usually have to these stories," Dr. Gerald Maloney said. "We're very happy for them."

Berry's cousin, Tasheena Mitchell, said she couldn’t wait to give her long-lost family member a hug. "I'm going to hold her, and I'm going to squeeze her and I probably won't let her go,” she said.

A press conference about the situation has been scheduled for Tuesday. It is expected that police will release more details about what the women have been through in the past 10 years and their captors at that time.

Sources: Reuters, Portland Press Herald


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