One of the craziest stories we’ve seen in some time. Reminds us of the incident in California from a few years ago where a women who was missing for over a decade was found alive. This story involves three women who disappeared at separate times early last decade. Incredible.
Three longtime missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, have been found alive, apparently kidnapped and held for years as prisoners inside a house on Cleveland’s near West Side.
Berry called police Monday afternoon and frantically told a dispatcher that she was alive and free after being kidnapped 10 years ago and held captive in a house on Seymour Avenue.
“We’ve confirmed it’s them,” a Cleveland detective said. “They are alive and safe.” Police have scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m. today.
Berry, now 27, DeJesus, 23, and Knight, 30, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. The FBI and police will interview the women, the detective said.
DeJesus, missing for nine years, and Knight, missing for 11 years, were with her.
Police arrested three brothers, ages 50, 52 and 54. Police did not release names.
But neighbors said one of them is the owner of the house, Ariel Castro, 52, a Cleveland school bus driver until last November who had lived in the two-story house since 1992. Records show he was arrested for domestic violence in 1993, but a grand jury declined to indict him.
Police were searching the house and yard Monday night and into this morning.
Now here’s an odd twist:
A June 2004 story that appeared in the Plain Press, a West Side neighborhood newspaper, was written by someone named Ariel Castro and described the community’s anxiety since the disappearance of DeJesus and Berry. A Plain Press spokesman said the Ariel Castro who wrote for the publication was a journalism student whose relationship to the man in custody is not known.
Creepy. Apparently it’s Ariel Castro’s son.
Ariel Castro, 52, was arrested Monday in Cleveland after three woman were found in his home on Seymour Avenue.
Castro’s son brings another strange twist to already bizarre story that has spanned more than a decade and shook Cleveland’s west side residents to their core.
WKYC’s Sara Shookman uncovered an article written in 2004. It was about the disappearance of Gina DeJesus. The author of the article was Ariel Castro. (READ MORE)
After some investigation WKYC learned that the author was the son of the man arrested Monday in connection with the three women who were rescued from the home.
Ariel “Anthony” Castro, 31, talked to Sara Shookman tonight, saying “This is beyond comprehension…I’m truly stunned right now.”
Update: This interview with the man who helped rescue them is a keeper.