Monday, May 6, 2013
Three women who vanished as teenagers near their homes in Cleveland were found only miles from where they disappeared, and a man has been arrested in relation to the incident, according to police.
Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight were found alive, the Cleveland Division of Police said Monday. All three of the women are talking and "appear to be OK," according to a statement from Cleveland police on Twitter.
Police said that a 52-year-old Hispanic male has been placed under arrest regarding this incident.
Police didn't immediately provide any details of how the women were found or their conditions.
Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, the day before her 17th birthday. She had called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King, The Associated Press reported. About a year later, DeJesus, who was 14 at the time, disappeared on her way home from school.
Knight, who was 21 at the time she disappeared, was last seen leaving her cousin's house on Aug. 23, 2002.
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson responded quickly to the news of the discovery of the women.
"I am thankful that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have been found alive," Jackson said. "We have many unanswered questions regarding this case and the investigation will be ongoing. ... I am thankful that these three young ladies are found and alive."