Police: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus found alive

7:31 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Police will hold a news conference on Tuesday to release more details about the recovery of three women who had been missing for years.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and a third woman named Michele Knight, all of whom have been missing for years were rescued Monday evening after breaking free from the house and running to a neighbor to call for help.

According to Cleveland Police, the women were being kept in a house in the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue near West 25th Street.

The women identified themselves as Amanda Berry, now 27, and Gina DeJesus, now 23, and Berry was holding a baby. There was also a 6-year-old girl with them.

WKYC confirmed they were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where the hospital says they are all in fair condition.

Amanda was last seen at approximately 7:45 p.m. on April 21, 2003, near West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue wearing a Burger King uniform and a black apron with "Burger King" written on it in yellow letters.

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Her mother, Louwanna Miller, passed away in March of 2006.

DeJesus, then 14, disappeared April 2, 2004, while walking home from school in the same area. Since then, Berry and DeJesus have been the subject of numerous vigils.

Police confirmed that the man, Ariel Castro, 52, who was in the house was taken into custody along with two others.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said, "I am thankful that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight have been found alive. We have many unanswered questions regarding this case and the investigation will be ongoing. Again, I am thankful that these three young ladies are found and alive."


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