Michelle Knight's Disappearance Lacked The Attention Of Amanda Berry's, Gina DeJesus'
Michelle Knight had lost custody of her child prior to her kidnapping
Michelle Knight, who was 21-years-old when she went missing, received less law enforcement and media attention in the aftermath of her kidnapping than the two young women she was held captive with in the Cleveland home – Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.
Knight disappeared on Aug. 23, 2002 from W. 106th Street and Lorain, according to KLTV. Following her disappearance, there was little follow up from either police or local and national news organizations. It was speculated that Knight, who suffered from a mental condition and had lost custody of her child to Social Services, had willingly fled the Ohio city.
Although Knight went missing in the same general area as Berry and DeJesus, she was significantly older than both of them. While she was in her early twenties at the time of her disappearance, the other two were in their mid teens.
Knight, who reportedly had a troubled upbringing, had a strained relationship with her mother before she went missing and had been living without her on Walnut St. in Cleveland. Her mother, Barbara Knight, who is currently a Florida resident, left to visit with her daughter in Ohio on Tuesday but has yet to meet with her. Knight’s twin brother Freddie visited with her on Monday.
The suspects in the kidnapping of Knight, Berry and DeJesus are brothers Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro and Onil Castro. They are all likely to be charged on Wednesday on crimes relating to the case, according to The Washington Post.