Native Heritage for Amanda Berry, One of Cleveland's Missing Women?
“Help me, I am Amanda Berry, I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here, I’m free now,” those were the words a 911 dispatcher heard the night of May 6.
Berry, along with Georgina “Gina” DeJesus and Michele Knight were all freed after more than a decade of being locked up in a two-story Cleveland home, when Berry was able to attract the attention of Charles Ramsey. A 6-year-old girl believed to be Berry’s daughter was also freed according to CNN.
Ramsey, who lived next door, was getting ready to eat dinner when he heard the screaming.
According to the Charley Project website, Berry went missing on April 21, 2003 in Cleveland, Ohio at the age of 16. She is listed as having Native American heritage.
The house was the residence of Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver who was arrested, along with his two brothers, according to CNN.
According to Ramsey and other neighbors, there had been no indication that anyone else was in the house.
Ramsey in his interview stated, "He just comes out to his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkering with his cars and motorcycles and goes back in the house," Ramsey said Monday. "Sometimes you look and then look away because he's not doing nothing but average stuff. Ain't nothing exciting about him. Well, until today."
Watch Ramsey’s interview below courtesy ABC News affiliate WEWSTV:
For Juan Perez, 27, who spoke with ABC News, it was a shock for him since he has lived in the neighborhood since he was 5 years old.
"My heart is feeling rough right now to know that this happened two houses from me and that none of us noticed anything," Perez said. "I feel ashamed of myself and my community right now and this neighborhood that we didn't see anything."
Another neighbor, Israel Lugo, told CNN that he saw Castro in the park on Sunday with a little girl, when Lugo asked about her, “He said it was his girlfriend’s daughter.”
Mayor Frank Jackson expressed gratitude that the three women were found alive. "We have many unanswered questions regarding this case, and the investigation will be ongoing," he said in a statement according to Huffington Post.
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