Amanda Berry: Teen missing from Cleveland since 2003 Found

UPDATE:  5/6/13 – Amanda Berry has been found along with Georgina DeJesus.  They were found in a home after Amanda Berry tried to escape.

Amanda Berry

“I heard screaming, I’m eating my McDonald’s, I come outside and I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of the house and I go on the porch and she says, ‘Help me get out.  I’ve been in here a long time,'” Charles Ramsey told local News Net 5.

Ramsey could not get the door open so he kicked it down and gave the woman the phone so she could call 911. She told the dispatcher she was Amanda Berry and she had been kidnapped and been missing for 10 years.

“I’m here, I’m free now,” Berry said.  “I need them [police] now before he gets back.”

When authorities arrived they found two more woman inside the home at 2207 Seymour along with a 6-year-old child.  Three brothers were arrested.  One brother, Ariel Castro, 52, who lived in the home and his brothers ages 50 and 54 who have not yet been identified, reports NBC News.

Charles Ramsey was just eating his McDonald’s seconds before he became a hero

Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson made a public announcement that the identities of the three women were Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

Ariel Castro
Castro’s uncle said he is shocked and that their family had connections to one of the girl’s families.  Castro was a bus driver for Metropolitan School District and lost his job recently.

Authorities also found chains hanging from one of the ceilings inside the home and some dirt that had been moved in the backyard.  The police collected 19 pieces of evidence during the search, reported the Associated Press.

Berry went missing when she was 16 years on in April 2003.  She called her sister to tell her she was getting a ride home for her job at Burger kind, but she never came home.  De Jesus was 14 when she went missing while walking home from school in 2004, and Michelle Knight was 18 when she was last seen at a cousin’s house near West 106th Street and Lorain Avenue in 2000, reports USA Today.

Gina DeJesus

We will have to wait and see if we will hear information about missing Ashley Summers and if that phone call that was made to Amanda’s mother all those years ago actually came from her kidnapper.

Interestingly a story written for the Plain Press by Ariel Castro that is rumored to be Ariel “Anthony” Castro the son of the man whose home Amanda was found in can be found here.

Also, interesting is this document rumored to be Ariel Castro’s daughter that tried to murder her baby.

Michelle Knight
The Cleveland police’s missing-person report stating that she had a mental condition and frequently was confused by her surroundings.

Previous story:
Amanda Berry, 16, from Cleveland, Ohio went missing on April 21, 2003. She was last seen leaving her job at the Burger King at West 110th and Lorain Street.  Her birthday was the following day.

Amanda was walking three blocks to her home on West 111th Street, but she called her sister and said she got a ride.  A witness saw her get into a large white older model four-door car with three males inside, but this information has never been verified.

A week after Amanda went missing her mother received a phone call that said he was married to Amanda, but the mother never talked to Amanda.  The call was traced to Amanda’s cell phone.  The call was placed somewhere near west 58th and Clark streets.

Amanda went missing near where teen Georgina DeJesus went missing in April 2004 and teen Ashley Summers went missing in July 2007  They are still missing.

“Her mother suffered and died [2006] not knowing what happened to her daughter,” activist Judy Martin said. “We have vowed to continue to be vigilant.”

Amanda has medium blonde hair and a pierced left eyebrow and a surgical scar on her lower abdomen.  Her left ear is pierced and her right ear is pierced three times.  She may go by Manny or Mandy.

The FBI and Cleveland police are offering a $25,000 reward for information; 216-621-1234 or 216-522-1400.

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3 Comments

  1. I hope everyone who is about to give up hope for their missing loved ones found more courage, and see there is a possibility that they are still alive to keep them searching.. If not then look at these beautiful ladies who finally got their life back after 10 long yrs. You 3 are very lucky, and have soo many people around the world who care about you and are extremely happy your all back with your family's, and safe..
    From a Vermonter