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WDKX.com » Blog » 3 Women Missing For Years Found; 3 Brothers Arrested
May 7th 2013 5:30 am
3 Women Missing For Years Found; 3 Brothers Arrested

Three women missing for as long as a decade were found alive in a residential area of Cleveland on Monday, and police said they arrested three people in the case.

A hospital physician said all three women were in fair condition and talking with doctors who were evaluating them.

Crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the house where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found earlier in the day.

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks the three women were tied up in the house where they were found and had been there since they disappeared.

Police said three brothers ages 50, 52 and 54 have been arrested. The 52-year-old lived in the home. Police released no names and gave no information about charges they might face. McGrath said a 6-year-old also was in the home.

Police provided no details of how the women were found but said they appeared to be in good health and had been taken to a hospital.

A recording of a 911 call made Monday was released: "I'm Amanda Berry. ... I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here. I'm free now."

She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to arrive at the house on Cleveland's west side before he returned.

Each had gone missing separately. 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 went missing in 2002.

Mayor Frank Jackson expressed gratitude that the three women were found alive.

"We have many unanswered questions regarding this case, and the investigation will be ongoing," he said in a statement.

"I've been praying, never forgot about her, ever," Kayla Rogers, a childhood friend of DeJesus, told The Plain Dealer newspaper. "This is amazing. This is a celebration. I'm so happy. I just want to see her walk out of those doors so I can hug her."

In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to 41/2 years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry.

Police used backhoes to dig up a lot identified by the inmate last year in search of Berry's remains but found nothing.

Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter.

Source: USAToday