May 6th, 2013
09:25 PM ET

Breaking News: 3 missing women found alive in Ohio

Three Ohio women who went missing years ago, in separate cases, were found alive in the same Cleveland home on Monday. Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were set free by Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who heard Berry screaming for help. He broke the door to let her and a young child out.

Ramsey later told a reporter he was stunned to learn what was happening in the house. He knows Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old man who was arrested, and never suspected anything suspicious. Two others, identified as Castro's brothers, are also suspects, according to Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba.

Knight was 21 when she vanished in 2002; Berry went missing in 2003 when she was 16; DeJesus was last seen in 2004 at age 14.  Dr. Gerald Maloney, a physician at Cleveland's Metro Health Medical Center, said the three women were in fair condition. He didn't comment on the fourth person being treated.

Watch AC360 at 10 p.m. ET for the latest on the case.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. ashley

    FIRE the operator... I am so upset about this whole thing... these girls and what they must have went threw... may god help them threw an easy and peaceful recovery

    May 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  2. Susan Anastacio

    Thank god they are found!! but instead of questioning the issue what the main focus should be is how to help these women overcome this. it is not an easy thing having ten years ripped away from ones life, and to reintroduce this to them will be a huge shock, seeing only god alone knows what they have been through.
    I hope they overcome this, and they aren't going to have this holding over their heads , because they need to move on in life without being judge on what has happen to them, i hope and pray that their family help them and is understanding to what they have been through in the later half of their lives.

    May 7, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  3. Vickie James

    I am having a really hard time with the response of the 911 operator when Amanda Berry called for help. I don't feel there was much sympathy on the part of the operator for a girl who has been kidnapped and just wants to make sure that someone get help to her and the others with her! The operator seemed more intent with getting her off of the phone!

    May 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • Kathy in KC

      I had the same experience way back in 1978. I was 17 and I was kidnapped by a 29-year-old man who brutally beat and raped me not once, but multiple times. I actually got away and returned home once. The police did not believe me. They thought I was just a cheap young wh*re. The man successfully talked me into coming near his car again in the street in front of my parents' house. I was again kidnapped and this time taken from Maryland to Florida. My punishment was more severe. I was repeatedly raped, choked, sometimes beaten. Once he put me on a picnic table in a parking lot near a canal. I could hear splashing and he said it was alligators. He said if he threw my body in there no one would ever find it. He proceeded to rape (sodomize) me and strangle me at the same time. I lost consciousness. Right before I did I saw a palm tree in the street light and I thought how pretty it was. I thought it was the last thing I would ever see. Later I woke up and I was alone. I called the police. They came and I tried to tell them what happened. I grabbed the officer's uniform and cried and screamed. He took me down to the station and I begged to be put in protective custody. They refused because the man had already contacted them and claimed I was his missing "girlfriend." Even though I was only 17 and a runaway, they considered me a consenting party and would not help me. They did not consider what happened to me "rape" or even "assault." I had no choice but to go back "home." I was terrified and I begged for help but they just said no. I did go "home" and endured more beatings and rapes before I finally talked the man into driving back north to where my parents lived.

      May 7, 2013 at 2:26 am |
  4. Minerva

    Ariel Castro the man reported that did the kidnapping of the three girls(Amanda, Gina and Michelle) in Cleveland, OH – has a face book page and made a comment on May 2, 2013 – this is what he stated: miracles really do happen, God is good :). Today 5/6/2013 we find that he had three women kept in his home against their.

    May 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Sonia Vega

    The flag that is hanging on the porch of the house is a where the girls were held is a Puerto Rican flag. I know because I am of Puerto Rican decent. So happy they are alive and well.

    May 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Marcia Bryan

    Listening to that 911 call, that operator should be FIRED! He was rude to Amanda and acted like he had more important calls to get! He should have stayed on the phone with that poor, terrified girl and helped her feel safe. What if that guy came back? If he had and she was still on the 911 call, he could have helped her! He needs FIRED and I hope that you can spread the word to the right people about his bad and inappropriate behavior.

    May 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm |