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This story was copyed from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and was writen by Thomas Ott:


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Long-missing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have been found alive, a police source confirms.

WOIO Channel 19 had reported that a woman claiming to be Berry called police Monday afternoon and told a dispatcher that she was in a house on Seymour Avenue on the city’s West Side. The woman said DeJesus was with her.

A third woman, Michelle Knight, who has been missing since 2002, was also found at the house.

“We’ve confirmed it’s them,” a detective said. “They are alive and safe.”

Berry, now 27, DeJesus, 23, and Knight, 32, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. The FBI and police will interview the women when they are discharged, the detective said.

Police arrested the owner of the house, Ariel Castro, 52, who had lived in the house since 1992. Records show he was arrested for domestic  violence in 1993, but a grand jury declined to indict him.

Neighbors on Seymour said a man was arrested and three women came out of the home.

Berry disappeared at about 7:40 p.m. April 21, 2003, a day before her 17th birthday. She was last seen leaving her job at a Burger King at West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue.

DeJesus, then 14, vanished April 2, 2004, while walking home from school in the same area. Since then, the two have been the subject of numerous vigils.

Knight, who was 21 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at a cousin’s house near W. 106 Street and Lorain Avenue on Aug. 23, 2002.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson released a statement this evening expressing gratitude that the three women were found alive.

“We have many unanswered questions regarding this case and the investigation will be ongoing,” Jackson wrote.

Outside of MetroHealth tonight, a growing crowd awaits word on the women’s condition.

Berry’s cousin, Tasheena Mitchell, 26, who was 16 years old when Berry disappeared, said her brother had called to tell her the news that Berry is alive. But she said she received it skeptically, having had her hopes dashed by false reports in the past.

“She was my best friend,” Mitchell said.

A friend interrupted her, “She’s alive. She is your best friend.”

“You’re right,” Mitchell continued. “She is my best friend. I’m so nervous. I’m so excited. They won’t let me inside. But I will stay here all night if I have to.”

Drivers passing the house on Seymour honk their horns in support, while police protect the women’s relatives from the media crush.

Many in the crowd, hugging and crying, describe for reporters a sense of hope, with lingering trepidation.

“They don’t find people who go missing, you know,” said Kayla Rogers, 23, who attended Almira Elementary and Wilbur Wright Middle School with DeJesus. “I’m at a loss for words.”

Rogers said she only attended one vigil over the years because it was too painful.

This is Russell Reed here I hope that you son of a bitch wrought in hell and get gang raped in prison  for the rest of your life !!!

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