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Police: Investigation Just Beginning into Cleveland Abduction Case

By: CBS
By: CBS

After nearly 10 years of captivity the nightmare is over for three abducted women found alive in Cleveland, Ohio. But police say their investigation is just beginning.

Police are waiting to interview the three women who were found alive inside this house after nearly a decade in captivity. The women, including one who had a daughter during her ordeal, are being given time to reunite with their families.

"Prayers have been answered and the nightmare is over," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Anthony.

Amanda Berry disappeared in 2003 at age 16 on her way home from her job at Burger King. Gina DeJesus disappeared about a year later at age 14 on her way home from school. Michelle Knight was in her early twenties when she disappeared in 2002.

Police say a former school bus driver named Ariel Castro imprisoned the women inside his home just miles from where they were abducted, with the help of two brothers. They've all been arrested.

The women finally escaped after a neighbor heard Amanda screaming for help.

"She was in the door, and she said 'Help me get out!' So, I'm looking at her, I'm like, 'what's wrong with you?' She said, 'we've been in here for a long time.'," said Charles Ramsey.

Amanda called 911.

"I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for ten years and I'm here, I'm free now!"

Police say there is no record of criminal activity at the house here on Seymour Street. Officers went to the house in 2004 on an unrelated call, but nobody answered the door.

A neighbor says windows on the house were boarded up and there was always loud music.

"It's spooky, scary to have sick people like that on your street," said neighbor James King.

Sources tell CBS affiliate WOIO that two of the women were kept in the basement, and one was kept upstairs. The source says one room had chains from the ceilings.

Police say all three suspects are in their 50s.


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