Three women who went missing years ago in separate cases have been found together Monday in Cleveland, Ohio, police said.
One of the women called 911 after breaking out of the house where she had been living.
“Help me, I am Amanda Berry,” she said, her voice distraught and quick, according to an audio recording of the call released Monday night. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here and I’m free now.”
Another 911 call came in less than a minute later from a man who saw Berry busting out of the house.
“She’s like, ‘This (expletive) kidnapped me and my daughter,’” Charles Ramsey told 911.
A 52-year-old man has been arrested, Cleveland police said on their website. Brian Cummins, a councilman who represents the area where the women were found, said the suspect’s name is Ariel Castro.
Castro used to work as a bus driver for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, according to district spokeswoman Roseann Canfora. She did not have specifics Monday night on how long he was employed, when he left, or whether he was fired or left voluntarily.
The three women are in fair condition, Gerald Maloney, an emergency department physician at Metro Health Medical Center, said Monday night.
“I am thankful that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight have been found alive,” Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said. “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.”
Angie Garcia, whose aunt lives across the street from where the women were found, said Berry ran over to the house Monday and begged to use the phone. Berry, who was carrying a child, told the aunt who she was and then asked to use the phone to call 911.
The women and another young child came out of the house across the street, Garcia said.
“We never saw the girls there and we were always outside,” she said. “We only saw the guy.”
Berry was 17 when she disappeared in 2003. DeJesus went missing a year later, when she was 14.
Knight went missing in 2002, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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