March 25th, 2009
09:41 AM ET

Three missing cases connected?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/25/art.crime.threegirls.jpg caption="Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus and Ashley Summers all disappeared from the same Cleveland neighborhood, according to the FBI."]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Over a span of four years, three girls from the same Cleveland neighborhood have gone missing. They all lived on the west side of the city. And they all vanished blocks from one another.

Are the three cases connected? The FBI suspects they may be related. "We really believe someone out there knows something," says Special Agent Scott Wilson. "We're looking for that one tip that will lead us to find them." Here's the FBI's account of each incident:

Amanda Berry disappeared on the evening of April 21, 2003. After her shift at a Burger King ended, the 16-year-old headed home. It should have taken just a few minutes to reach her house. But she was never seen or heard from again.

Georgina DeJesus was known as Gina. On April 2, 2004, the brown-haired, brown-eyed 14-year-old was walking home from school with a classmate. They stopped at a pay phone so Gina's friend could ask her mother if she could sleep at Gina's house that night. The girl's mother said no. The two then went their separate ways. Gina's parents reported her missing a short time later.

Ashley Summers vanished on July 6, 2007. Like Gina, she was also 14. Police believe Ashley got into an argument with her parents and left the home. She was initially listed as a possible runaway. But most runaways eventually return, or contact their families. Ashley has not surfaced since that summer day. She has a heart-shaped tattoo enclosed with the name "Gene" on her upper arm.

Were they abducted? If so, is one person responsible?

Special Agent Wilson continues to track down leads and hunt for clues in finding out to what happened to these three girls. "We are very concerned," he says. "We are certainly not going to discount anything."

Contact your local police department of the FBI is you have any information on these missing persons cases.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. valentina franco

    i feel very worried about these teen i mean if one of my kids had gone missing i dont really know what might happen i might lose it but god always has a purpose and parents i will keep your kids in prayer and all you parents i hope the fbi finds your kids i know that there is alot of distuction on this earth and think about it god prabobly has your kids right now he is hoiding them in his almighty arms right now telling them how much he loves them

    March 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  2. shawna

    obviously this isn't important and i probably shouldn't even mention it but I was wondering why Ashley had a tattoo at 14? Back to the important issue where are these girls? I too do not think this was coincidence either but I do fear that all 3 of these girls were murdered because of how long it has been with no trace. I sincerely hope that that is not the case and all 3 girls are found safe and well. I feel for the families of the victims. I know what it feels like to lose a child and I would not wish that feeling upon ANYONE. I hope the families find closure and get justice for these girls sooner rather than later. Someone had to have seen something and should come forward.

    March 26, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  3. william gibson

    If you look at the time frame the person/persons is/are keeping the girls a couple of years then getting a new one. Atleast that is how it looks from this article.

    March 26, 2009 at 9:30 am |

    This is really sad! This is such a scary world we live in. I'm just wondering why a bigger deal has not been made in the media about these girls missing. I lost my 18 year old daughter 5 years ago and the pain never goes away. My heart really goes out to these parents of these girls. God bless them.

    March 26, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  5. bobby

    they are probally dead.

    March 26, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  6. james

    Thats some crazy stuff, if every thing happens for a reason what was the reason for this.

    March 26, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  7. 14 year old

    This is really sad.

    March 26, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  8. willie

    wow..... i mean 4 years 3 girls no clues.............. i mean if the fbi realy cares they will have them.

    March 25, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  9. Michael "C" Lorton, VA

    The fraglity of life-–just when you think you have all the time in the world---so tragic.

    March 25, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  10. Henry Yeo

    I hope these three girls are all right, may God bless them. When I read it, I was really shocked because it has been between 2 – 6 years already, and no one has managed to know their whereabouts. In my own opinion, I think they have been kidnapped.

    March 25, 2009 at 9:57 am |