Ohio women found alive years after disappearing as teenagers

Posted at 9:02 PM, May 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-06 22:44:22-04

Two young Cleveland women who disappeared as teenagers a decade ago — along with a third woman — were found alive Monday, according to police.

Amanda Berry, now 27, was last seen on the evening of April 21, 2003 while walking home from her job at a local Burger King; Gina DeJesus, now 23, disappeared on April 2, 2004 on her way home from school.  The highly publicized missing persons cases drew national attention over the decade, with residents even organizing vigils for the girls.

Both women, along with a third, identified as Michelle Knight, were found locked inside a house on Seymour Ave.  Multiple children were also found inside the residence.


Amanda Berry (left) and Gina DeJesus were discovered alive in a Cleveland home years after they were presumed by many to be dead. A third woman and a man – who is in police custody – were discovered in the home.

Knight was declared missing in 2002, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  The three women were taken to area hospitals.

Police have arrested a man found inside the home, 52-year-old Ariel Castro, according to WKYC.

“I am thankful that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have been found alive. We have many unanswered questions regarding this case and the investigation will be ongoing. Again, I am thankful that these three young ladies are found and alive,” Mayor Frank Jackson said.