The girl on the left is Amanda Berry. She was last heard from 10 years ago when – on the 21st of April, 2003 – when she called her sister from the Burger King restaurant where she worked in Cleveland, Ohio, and told her she was on her way home.
At the time, Amanda was 17.
The girl on the right is Georgina “Gina” DeJesus. Gina disappeared around a year after Amanda did. She was 14. She was last seen walking home from school on August 2, 2004, also in Cleveland, Ohio.
Yesterday both girls were found. And they are alive.
They were found in a house in Cleveland, along with Michelle Knight, 32, who was only 20 when she disappeared.
The three women’s whereabouts was finally identified, when Amanda made a frantic call to 911 shortly after 6pm on Monday night. Amanda told the operator: ” Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been kidnapped. I’ve been missing for 10 years. I’m here. I’m free now.”
Amanda reportedly broke out of the bottom of a screen door and called out to a neighbour for help.
Police swiftly moved in on the house where the three of them said they had been and arrested a 52-year-old man, identified as a former school bus driver.
Two others, identified as his brothers, ages 50 and 54, also have been arrested, Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told reporters late Monday. Police believe only the middle brother lived at the home, he said.
The men are being held in the city jail awaiting charges. An FBI team is collecting evidence in the house.
“This is a great, great outcome that we have them still with us,” Tomba said. “It’s just truly, truly amazing and it’s a blessing to the community and to the members of the police department and their families that they’re alive. I can’t tell you how happy we are.”