UPDATE: 3 Missing Women Found at Ohio Home, 3 Arrested

By: AP
By: AP
An incredible story is unfolding in Cleveland, Ohio tonight. Three women who were reported missing a decade ago, have been found alive.

Amanda Berry, center, and her 6-year-old daughter reunites with her sister, left, at a Cleveland hospital on Monday, May 6, 2013.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland's police chief says three people have been arrested after three women missing for years were found in a home and one said she'd been kidnapped. A 52-year-old man from the home was among those arrested. Police have released no names and given no details about the others arrested or what charges they might face. Police Chief Michael McGrath says a 6-year-old also was in the home. Dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies remained at the scene late Monday awaiting a warrant to search the building. Authorities say the women have been taken to a hospital to reunite with relatives and seem to be in good health. Michelle Knight had been missing since 2002, Amanda Berry since 2003 and Gina DeJesus since 2004. Berry and DeJesus disappeared when they were teenagers.



CLEVELAND (AP) -- Police say a third woman found at a Cleveland home also had been reported missing and a man has been arrested.

Police say Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found Monday and seemed to be in good health.

Berry and DeJesus disappeared as teenagers in 2003 and 2004, respectively. The Plain Dealer newspaper reports Knight had been missing since 2002.

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

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Two women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, within a few miles of where they disappeared.

Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and a third woman were found earlier in the day. The identity of the third woman hadn't been confirmed.

Police didn't immediately provide any details of how the women were found or what conditions they were in.

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.

In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to 4 1/2 years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry, who had last been seen the day before her 17th 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.

Two men arrested for questioning in the disappearance of DeJesus in 2004 were released from the city jail in 2006 after officers did not find her body during a search of the men's house.

One of the men was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail on unrelated charges, while the other was allowed to go free, police said.

In September 2006, police acting on a tip tore up the concrete floor of the garage and used a cadaver dog to search unsuccessfully for DeJesus' body. Investigators confiscated 19 pieces of evidence during their search but declined to comment on the significance of the items then.

No Amber Alert was issued the day DeJesus failed to return home from school in April 2004 because no one witnessed her abduction. The lack of an Amber Alert angered her father, Felix DeJesus, who said in 2006 he believed the public will listen even if the alerts become routine.

"The Amber Alert should work for any missing child," Felix DeJesus said then. "It doesn't have to be an abduction. Whether it's an abduction or a runaway, a child needs to be found. We need to change this law."

Cleveland police said then that the alerts must be reserved for cases in which danger is imminent and the public can be of help in locating the suspect and child.


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