(CLEVELAND) — Three young women who vanished a decade ago 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 Michele Knight were found alive, and Cleveland Police Commander Keith Sulver said all three women were getting medical treatment but seemed to be in good condition.
“All of them are doing well. They all look good,” he said. “They’re all talking. They’re aware of everything that’s going on, and we’re just very happy that they’re safe and in good condition.”
A spokesman from Metro Health Medical Center said Monday night that the women are currently safe and that the hospital is in the process of evaluating their medical needs, and how long they’ll stay. The spokesman confirmed that the women are in fair condition at the moment.
Police have not said how the women were found, but neighbors said they heard cries for help coming from a house, and when they went to investigate kicked open the door of the home to get the women out.
One neighbor, Charles Ramsey, told ABC News that he was shocked when police told them whom he had rescued.
“I mean he said, ‘Do you know who you just rescued out of the house?’ I said brother, ‘a couple of females.’ He said no, no, no. ‘You got Amanda and you got Gina,'” Ramsey said.
Zayda Delgado told ABC News that she knew one of the women who was discovered today.
“It’s an unbelievable day. I’m still like in shock,” she said. “They were found together and for Mother’s Day. … This is great.”
Delgado said Amanda Berry’s mother died in 2006.
“I feel bad because the mother died never knowing that her daughter was still alive,” she said.
A 52-year-old Hispanic male has been placed under arrest regarding this incident, police said.
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, according to ABC affiliate WEWS-TV. 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.”
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