Amanda Berry, Missing Cleveland Teen, Found After 10 Years
Amanda Berry went missing the day before she turned 17 in 2003. Ten years later, she managed to escape the imprisonment of her kidnappers on Monday and send police to retrieve the two other women who had been kidnapped and harbored with her in the Cleveland home.
Now 27, Berry was reunited with her sister Beth Serrano yesterday, and introduced her to her 6-year-old daughter whom she gave birth to while being held captive by three brothers with two other women.
On Monday, when none of her alleged captors were home, Berry began screaming. A neighbor who heard her cries for help went over to the house and helped her get outside before bringing her and her daughter to safety. She then called 911. “Help me, I am Amanda Berry,” she told the dispatcher. “I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here, I’m free now.” Police then went to the house and rescued both Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Berry had gone missing after leaving her job at a local Burger King to go home to celebrate her 17th birthday. The other two women, DeJesus and Knight, were similarly abducted. DeJesus was just 14 when she went missing on her way home from school. Knight, who authorities believed had run away, was 20 when she vanished in 2002.
All three women and Berry's daughter were taken to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, where they were assessed to be in fair condition and reunited with their families. They were all discharged this morning.
The three brothers who had lived in the home together have been taken into custody. Police have identified them as Ariel Castro, 52, O'Neal Castro, 50, and Pedro Castro, 54. Ariel, who owned the house, was a retired school bus driver.