Amanda Berry Missing for Ten Years, and 2 Other Women Rescued

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Who would have ever believed that three women, who all went missing at different times would be found alive on the same day, but Amanda Berry, missing for ten years, and 2 other missing women have been rescued.

Amanda Berry called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at Burger King in Cleveland, Ohio.  That was April 21, 2003, she was 16, and was not seen again until Monday.  Missing for ten years, she was rescued from a house yesterday.

Georgina DeJesus, age 14, had gone missing about a year later.  She was also rescued on Monday.

Michelle Knight went missing in 2002, and was reported as last being seen a few years ago with an older man in a van parked in a shopping center parking lot.  She was also in the same home.

Their physical condition was reported as ‘fair’.  They had been tied up in a house by three brothers, who are now under arrest.

“Most important, the victims’ physical and emotional well-being are the main concern and have to be addressed,” Police Chief Michael McGrath said at a news conference.

A six-year-old girl was rescued from the house, and is thought to be Berry’s daughter.  The house was five miles away from their homes.

A neighbor, Charles Ramsey, told a reporter:  “I heard screaming,” he told WEWS-TV. “I’m eating my McDonald’s. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house.”

He said there was only room for a hand to get out, so he kicked in the bottom panel of the door, and helped Berry and the 6 year old escape.  Berry said there were two more girls in the house.  She called 911, and police swarmed the house, rescuing the two other girls who were said to have been tied up.

A recording of a 911 call made Monday was released: “I’m Amanda Berry. … I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here. I’m free now.”

She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to arrive at the house on Cleveland’s west side before he returned.

The neighbor, who rescued Berry and the little girl, Charles Ramsey, said that until Monday, there was nothing unusual about his neighbor.  He had even barbecued with him

The child is assumed to have been the product of Amanda Berry, and one of her captors.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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