Three Ohio women who went missing approximately one decade ago were found safely on Monday mere blocks from their homes and a 52-year-old Hispanic man has been arrested in connection with their disappearance, reports TheGuardian.com.
Amanda Berry disappeared at the age of 16 on April, 21, 2003; Gina DeJesus disappeared almost a one year later at the age of 14 walking home from school. Initial reports claimed that the third woman, Michele Knight disappeared in 1990, but later reports claim that she went missing in 2002 at the age of 20.
Ariel Castro, identified by locals as a former bus driver, has been arrested.
Charles Ramsey was passing by when he noticed a woman trying to escape the home, who said, “My name is Amanda Berry, please help me out of this house.”
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In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to four and half years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry, who had last been seen the day before her 17th birthday. A judge in Cleveland sentenced Robert Wolford on his guilty plea to obstruction of justice, making a false report and making a false alarm.
Last summer, Wolford tipped authorities to look for Berry’s remains in a Cleveland lot. He was taken to the location, which was dug up with backhoes
Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.
Two men arrested for questioning in the disappearance of DeJesus in 2004 were released from the city jail in 2006 after officers did not find her body during a search of the men’s house.
One of the men was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail on unrelated charges, while the other was allowed to go free, police said.
In September 2006, police acting on a tip tore up the concrete floor of the garage and used a cadaver dog to search unsuccessfully for DeJesus’ body.
There are reports of the women having children with them, but that has not been confirmed.