Michelle Knight was 21 when she vanished in 2002. After 11 years, she was found in Ariel Castro's Cleveland house with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. The three women were allegedly tortured, raped, and mentally abused by their captor.
While residents remember Berry and DeJesus disappearing, they aren't as familiar with Knight's case. One neighbor told CNN that people thought she may have left town; her family also thought that was a possibility. Because she was an adult, authorities may have assumed that too.
Cleveland police removed Knight's name from the FBI's missing persons database just 15 months after she was last seen. The FBI has said it couldn't find her mother and was unable to confirm Michelle was still missing.
According to the police report, Knight told officers Castro got her pregnant and then abused her as a means of aborting the baby. She said he starved her for at least two weeks then he repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried.
When Berry was pregnant with Castro's baby, Knight said she was forced to help with the delivery. If the baby didn't survive, then she would be killed. When the baby stopped breathing at one point, Knight did CPR and likely saved both their lives.
CNN's Randi Kaye reports that the DeJesus family has invited Knight to live with them so they can support her as she recovers from the abuse she endured for more than a decade.
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