3 Ohio women missing for decade found alive

3 Ohio women missing for decade found alive

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Three women who went missing as teenagers in Ohio at least a decade ago were found alive on Monday afternoon.

Police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michele Knight seem to be in good health.

Police say a 52-year-old man was arrested. There's no immediate word on charges.

Police confirm the women were found in a house on Seymour Avenue just two miles from Downtown Cleveland, and within a few miles of where Berry and DeJesus disappeared.

Berry and DeJesus disappeared as teenagers in 2003 and 2004, respectively. The Plain Dealer newspaper reports Knight had been missing since 2002.
 
Cheering crowds gathered early Monday evening on the street near the home where police said the women were found.
 
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 went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later.

Charles Ramsey lives in the neighborhood where the women were found.  He said he heard screams coming from the house and went to check it out.
 
"I see this girl, and she's just going nuts on the door," said Ramsey.  "I'm like, what's your problem?  If you're stuck, just open the door.  She says, 'I can't! He got it locked!'  I look at how he has it, and it's only enough to reach your hand out and grab the mail."

Ramsey said he then kicked open the door.  He told reporters Barry climbed out with a child, asked for his phone, and then called 911.  Ramsey said she told dispatchers others were also inside the house.

In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to 4-and-a-half years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry, who had last been seen the day before her seventeenth birthday. A judge in Cleveland sentenced Robert Wolford on his guilty plea to obstruction of justice, making a false report and making a false alarm.  
 
Last summer, Wolford tipped authorities to look for Berry's remains in a Cleveland lot. He was taken to the location, which was dug up with backhoes.
 
Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006.  She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.

 

 

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