When someone goes missing, if they’re not found within a few days, they tend to stay missing. You hear some occasional happy endings, typically when the person kidnaps themselves, but if someone is kidnapped by another person? They rarely have a happy ending. However, that was not the case for a trio of missing women from the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Three missing women have been recovered after being missing for nearly a decade.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were found in a home in Cleveland owned by three brothers; Berry had been missing since 2003, DeJesus had been missing since 2004, and Knight missing since 2002. Berry was in the company of a small child, four or five years old. Amazingly, the women had been only a door or two away from freedom the entire time, with neighbors seeing one of the accused kidnappers, Ariel Castro, every day.
“I heard screaming… And I see this girl going nuts trying to get outside,” said Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who helped free the women. “I go on the porch and she said, ‘Help me get out. I’ve been here a long time.’ I figure it was domestic violence dispute. She comes out with a little girl and says, ‘Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry’… When she told me, it didn’t register.”
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