On Monday night, Amanda Berry, 27, ran out of a house in Cleveland and into the arms of her neighbor Charles Ramsey. After hearing screams, and seeing her arms reaching through the door, Ramsey says he kicked the door down. Berry told him who she was and that she had been missing for 10 years. Berry called 911 and told the dispatcher, “Help me, I am Amanda Berry … I have been kidnapped and I have been missing for 10 years and I’m here. I’m free now.”
Berry disappeared on April 21, 2003, at 16 years old. She’d called her sister to tell her she had gotten a ride home from her job at a Burger King.
Also in the house was Gina DeJesus, she was just 14 when she vanished on April 2, 2004, while walking home from school. Earlier this year, a prison inmate was sentenced for telling police Berry’s remains were buried under a Cleveland lot. The DeJesus family had held a vigil in April, with her mother telling WKYC, “She’s still out there, and we need to bring her home.” DeJesus’s family had long believed their daughter had been kidnapped as part of a trafficking ring.
Michele Knight, now 32, disappeared in 2000, was also freed Monday. She was 20 at the time of her disappearance and police believed that she had run away.
Also found in the house was a 6-year-old girl, who Berry gave birth to while in captivity. It is unknown who the father is or where she was born.
Berry has identified her captor as Ariel Castro, 52. He’s lived in the house since 1992 and an Ohio school district confirmed he worked as a bus driver for the district. The women had been held only from blocks where they’d been abducted. All three women and the girl are listed as in good health, and were released from the hospital Tuesday morning.
Police confirmed on Tuesday that they had arrested Castro at a local McDonald’s, and that they had also arrested two of his brothers, Pedro, 54, and Oneil, 50. The brothers’ involvement in the case is unclear.
“We join the community in celebrating the safe return of these three women,” the hospital, MetroHealth, said in a statement.