Kidnapped Women Found After a Decade in Captivity

By:  Raven Clabough
Kidnapped Women Found After a Decade in Captivity

Three women reportedly escaped kidnappers who had held them for up to 10 years, and the Cleveland police are coming under fire for not rescuing the girls sooner. 

A Cleveland woman who has been missing for over 10 years made the most important call of her life on Monday. “Help me. I’m Amanda Berry,” she told a 911 dispatcher. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.” Berry’s phone call led police to a home in a densely populated section of Cleveland, where Berry and two other women had been held captive for a decade.

The women, identified as Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, were treated in the MetroHealth Emergency Department on Monday night and released on Tuesday morning.

Fox News reported:

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 disappeared at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later. Police said Knight vanished in 2002 and is 32 now. They didn't provide current ages for the other two women.

But they're free now and their accused captors have been arrested, thanks to Amanda and some concerned neighbors.

Charles Ramsey reportedly heard screaming and banging coming from a house and approached the door. On the other side was Amanda Berry. According to Ramsey, the door opened just wide enough to fit a hand through, but it was clear that Berry was trying desperately to get outside the house: She pleaded for help.

Another neighbor, Anna Tejeda, witnessed the entire ordeal. Tejeda explained that Berry was able to kick the screen out of the bottom of the door, allowing her to get out. Tejeda provided Berry with the phone to call the police.

Berry asked police to hurry “before he gets back,” and identified her kidnapper as Ariel Castro.

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