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WDKX.com » Blog » Families Reunite With Women Held Captive For Years
May 8th 2013 7:04 am
Families Reunite With Women Held Captive For Years
by News


Cleveland -- The first time most of America heard Amanda Berry's voice was on a frantic 911 call.

"I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years," the 27-year-old woman said on the call, which was made on Monday. "And I'm here. I'm free now."

A day later, Berry could be heard again. This time talking to relatives, she seemed positive, even upbeat -- telling her grandmother Fern Gentry that she's "fine" and that the 6-year-old girl also rescued Monday from a Cleveland home is indeed her own.

Back in northern Ohio, balloons dotted the frontyard of the home of 23-year-old Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, who along with Berry and Michelle Knight were allegedly held captive for years in a Cleveland house. There was also a sign strung along a fence, the same one that had been there since Gina was first reported missing nine years ago.

Her 32-year-old sister, Mayra DeJesus, told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Tuesday that her sister -- for all the hell she's gone through -- is in "good spirits."

DeJesus spent the day with family, who didn't focus on what she'd gone through but more on lifting her up, her sister said.


Her brother, Ricardo, earlier described how the whole family was crying and shaking upon hearing Gina was safe and alive.

"I was just glad to be able to see her," he said. "It's been nine long years. I was just happy I was able to sit there and hug her and say, "Yup, you're finally home.'"


Berry, DeJesus and the 32-year-old Knight each disappeared from the same Cleveland street -- Lorain Avenue -- three miles from the home in which they were found Monday evening. They escaped after Berry broke out the bottom of a screen door and called for help Monday evening, startling neighbor Charles Ramsey who came over and helped kick in the door.

Cleveland police and the FBI hailed Berry as a hero for her daring escape.


"We're following her lead," Cleveland's Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said. "Without her, none of us would be here today."

Three men have been jailed in the women's disappearance -- 54-year-old Pedro Castro, 50-year-old Onil Castro and 52-year-old Ariel Castro, who neighbors said lived at the house. All three are expected to be charged in the coming days.


Some neighbors of Ariel Castro spent Tuesday second-guessing themselves, questioning why they hadn't noticed signs earlier and if they could have prevented the horrors.

"This is a heartbreaking moment for us, because I'm always out there (and) I've heard nothing," said Daniel Marti, who's known Ariel Castro since junior high school and lived near him for some 22 years.

"... To us, it was like nothing was happening. But yet it was happening, right in front of our face and we didn't even know."

Source:cnn.com