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3 Missing Women Found Alive in Cleveland



Three women were held captive by Ariel Castro and were beaten, raped and starved for a decade, according to prosecutors.

He faces 329 counts, including one count of aggravated murder for allegedly causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.


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Cleveland (CNN) — Ropes and chains have been found inside the Cleveland home where police say three women spent close to a decade in captivity, city officials said Wednesday.

While Public Safety Director Martin Flask said investigators haven’t confirmed how the ropes and chains were used, police Chief Michael McGrath told NBC’s “Today” that they were used to restrain the missing women.

“We have confirmation that they were bound,” he told NBC.

Authorities expect to file charges Wednesday against the homeowner and his two brothers, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ariel Castro, the former school bus driver who is a suspect in the kidnapping of three women who escaped years of incarceration, was a friendly man who befriended area children and gave no hint of what was happening behind the locked doors of his Seymour Avenue house, his neighbors say.

“If a kid didn’t have a father, they would look up to him. There was no flaw,” said Juan Perez, 27, who lives two doors down from the house from where the three abducted women escaped on Monday. “I guess he had a great mask to cover a monster.”

Castro was known for giving children rides in his four-wheeler.

He attended neighborhood parties and would have a beer.

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A photo of Ashley Summers, who disappeared on July 9, 2007, beside an “age-progressed” rendering of her.

CLEVELAND — The discovery of three young women missing for a decade in Cleveland immediately raised the hopes of the family of a fourth missing woman Tuesday.

After all, Ashley Summers was just like two of the three discovered women: Cleveland teenagers who all disappeared within five blocks of each other over a four-year span.

Former FBI agent Jennifer Eakin said authorities have long believed in a link in the disappearances of Summers and two of the women discovered this week — Amanda Berry and Georgina “Gina” DeJesus.

Eakin is now a case manager at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which in 2008 held a comprehensive review of the cases with the FBI and Cleveland police.

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The tragic story of young people taken from their families and held captive for years is one we’ve seen before.

Christina Pascucci takes a closer look at other high profile child kidnapping cases.

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Jaycee Dugard, The JAYC Foundation

Shawn Hornbeck’s Missing Children’s Foundation

The Elizabeth Smart Foundation

Cleveland police and the FBI hailed Amanda Berry as a hero Tuesday for her daring escape that also led to freedom for two other women held inside a Cleveland house.

Her escape also resulted in the arrest of 3 brothers suspected in their abduction.
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