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Charles Ramsey Neighbor Interview RE: Cleveland missing women found

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Three women who went missing in separately about a decade ago were found Monday in a home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity.

Crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where the city's police chief said he thought Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight had been held since they went missing when they were in their teens or early 20s.

The women appeared to be in good health and were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and to reunite with relatives. Police said a 6-year-old also was found in the home, but the child's identity or relationship to anyone in the home wasn't revealed.

Neighbors said they heard someone kicking at a door, yelling for help and trying desperately to get outside the house. A neighbor, Charles Ramsey, says he saw Berry, whom he didn't recognize, at a door that would open only enough to fit a hand through. Berry appeared to be was nervous, crying and was dressed in pajamas and old sandals after she kicked out the screen in a door to escape and call police.

On a recorded 911 call Monday, Berry declared, ``I'm Amanda Berry. I've been on the news for the last 10 years.” She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to arrive at the home on Cleveland's west side before he returned. Police eventually arrested three brothers.

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. They were found just a few miles from where they had gone missing. Police said Knight went missing in 2002 and is 32 now. They didn't provide current ages for Berry or DeJesus.

Police said one of the brothers, a 52-year-old, lived at the home, and the others, ages 50 and 54, lived elsewhere. Authorities released no names and gave no details about them or what charges they might face.

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