CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three women who vanished a decade ago were found captive at a peeling, rundown house Monday in a discovery that exhilarated the people of Cleveland, Ohio.
The three women were rescued after one of them kicked out the bottom portion of a locked screen door and used a neighbor’s telephone to call 911.
"Help me. I’m Amanda Berry," she breathlessly told a dispatcher. "I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now."
Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, about 23, had apparently been held captive in the house since their teens or early 20s, said Police Chief Michael McGrath.
Three brothers, ages 50 to 54, were arrested. One of them, former school bus driver Ariel Castro, owned the home, situated in a poor neighborhood dotted with boarded-up houses just south of downtown Cleveland.