Vanished Woman's 911 Call: 'I'm Here, I'm Free Now'

Police say Cleveland women were likely tied in captivity

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 7, 2013 1:36 AM CDT | Updated May 7, 2013 7:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police have released a frantic 911 call made by one of three women found alive in a Cleveland home yesterday after disappearing a decade ago. "Help me, I am Amanda Berry," she tells police. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years, and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now." The AP has the entire transcript here. Police say the three women have now been released from the hospital—where Berry was photographed joyfully reuniting with her sister—and gone home with family. A 6-year-old child was also rescued, but police did not reveal the child's identity or relationship to anyone in the home; Radar describes her as Berry's daughter.

Three brothers, ages 50, 52, and 54, have been arrested, though only the middle brother, identified by neighbors as former school bus driver Ariel Castro, is believed to have lived at the home where the women were held captive. Authorities, who plan to hold a press conference on the case this morning, say the women were probably tied up during their years of captivity, the AP reports. A woman whose relatives live on the street tells the Plain Dealer that Castro typically parked his car behind the house, and would lock a gate before entering—through the back door. She described the home as always dark, with at least one window covered with boards. Click for more on how the women were able to escape.

Amanda Berry, right, hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital Monday May 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Family Handout courtesy WOIO-TV)
The front door of a house where three women escaped is shown Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Sheriff deputies stand outside a house in Cleveland Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the day after three women who vanished a decade ago were found there.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Tasheena Mitchell, cousin of Amanda Berry celebrates outside MetroHealth Medical Center after Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michele Knight were found, Monday, May 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Gus Chan)
This image provided by the FBI shows an undated photo of Amanda Berry.   (AP Photo/FBI)
This Friday, March 3, 2004 photo shows Felix DeJesus holding a banner showing his daughter's photograph, standing by a memorial in his living room in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
These undated handout photos provided by the FBI show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina "Gina" Dejesus.   (AP Photo/FBI)
This image provided by the FBI shows an undated photo of Georgina "Gina" Dejesus.   (AP Photo/FBI)
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