Three Allegedly Kidnapped Women Found Alive in Cleveland
Three women who went missing about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and a man was arrested.
CBS affiliate WOIO in Cleveland reports the man who was arrested is a 52-year-old Cleveland City Schools bus driver. There was no word on immediate charges.
Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found earlier in the day.
Amanda Berry, center, and her 6-year-old daughter reunites with her sister, left, at a Cleveland hospital on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Police didn’t immediately provide any details of how the women were found but said they appeared to be in good health and had been taken to a hospital for evaluation. WOIO reports she was with a little girl, who was her six-year-old daughter.
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. DeJesus went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later. They were found just a few miles from where they had gone missing.
Police said Knight was 20 when she went missing around 2000.
In a panicked 911 call, Berry identifies her kidnapper as Ariel Castro, the listed owner of the home she was calling from.
“I’ve been kidnapped. I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m here, I’m free now,” she said.