Three longtime missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, have been found alive, apparently kidnapped and held for years as prisoners inside a house on Cleveland’s near West Side, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Berry called police yesterday and frantically told a dispatcher she was alive and free after being kidnapped 10 years ago and held captive in a house. Police arrested three brothers, ages 50, 52, and 54.
Neighbors said one of them is the owner of the house, Ariel Castro, 52, a school bus driver until last November who had lived in the two-story house since 1992. He was arrested for domestic violence in 1993, but a grand jury declined to indict him. “They don’t find people who go missing, you know,” said Kayla Rogers, 23, who waited at the hospital for news of her friend DeJesus. “I’m at a loss for words.”