2 women, missing for decade, found alive in Cleveland, police say

3rd woman not identified

CLEVELAND - Cleveland police say two women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago have been found alive in a residential area about 2 miles south of downtown.

Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police say Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and a third woman were found earlier in the day. The identity of the third woman hasn't been confirmed.

"I heard screaming … and I see this girl going nuts trying to get outside," said Charles, a neighbor who found the women. "I go on the porch and she said, 'Help me get out. I’ve been here a long time.' I figure it was domestic violence dispute."

Another witness, who said he helped break down the door, said there was a child who was about 4 or 5 years old with Berry, as well as other children inside the house.

Officers have a suspect in custody. There will be a media briefing Tuesday morning.

Berry was last seen in 2003 when she was called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from work at the Burger King on West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue. She was set to turn 17 the day after her disappearance. Her mother died of heart failure in 2006.

On April 2, 2004, 14-year-old DeJesus went missing while walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School. She was last seen around West 105 Street and Lorain Avenue. Her mother, Nancy Ruiz, said she believed DeJesus was sold into human trafficking.

The remaining families of both women went to MetroHealth Medical Center, where they will be reunited. FBI agents were also at the hospital Monday night as family and friends flocked to see the women.

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