Amanda Berry 911 Call: Audio and Transcript Of Call That Lead to Discovery Of 3 Missing Women
Three Ohio women missing for nearly ten years were found tied up, but alive, in a Cleveland home on Monday evening, just a few miles from where they had vanished. Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michele Knight were reported missing separately in 2003, when the women were in their teens or early 20s. Authorities did not immediately provide details of how the women were found but said they appeared to be in good health and had been taken to the hospital to be evaluated and reunited with loved ones. A 6-year-old, who has been identified as the daughter of Amanda Berry, was also found in the home.
Three brothers in connection with the kidnappings have been arrested. Cleveland police identified one of the brothers, Ariel Castro, as the owner of the home. The two other brothers have addresses elsewhere in Cleveland, officials said. They added that they believe they have the "people responsible" in custody and charges are expected.
Below is the transcript of the 911 call placed Monday by Amanda Berry. Berry is hailed by officials as a hero, as she was able to kick out the lower portion of a screen door to free herself from the phone and call 911.
Caller: Help me. I'm Amanda Berry.
Dispatcher: You need police, fire, ambulance?
Caller: I need police.
Dispatcher: OK, and what's going on there?
Caller: I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years, and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now.
Dispatcher: OK, and what's your address?
Caller: 2207 Seymour Avenue.
Dispatcher: 2207 Seymour. Looks like you're calling me from 2210.
Dispatcher: Looks like you're calling me from 2210.
Caller: I can't hear you.
Dispatcher: Looks like you're calling me from 2210 Seymour.
Caller: I'm across the street; I'm using the phone.
Dispatcher: OK, stay there with those neighbors. Talk to police when they get there.
Dispatcher: OK, talk to police when they get there.
Caller: OK. Hello?
Dispatcher: OK, talk to the police when they get there.
Caller: OK (unintelligible).
Dispatcher: We're going to send them as soon as we get a car open.
Caller: No, I need them now before he gets back.
Dispatcher: All right; we're sending them, OK?
Caller: OK, I mean, like ...
Dispatcher: Who's the guy you're trying, who's the guy who went out?
Caller: Um, his name is Ariel Castro.
Dispatcher: OK. How old is he?
Caller: He's like 52.
Dispatcher: And, uh -
Caller: I'm Amanda Berry. I've been on the news for the last 10 years.
Dispatcher: I got, I got that, dear. (Unintelligible) And, you say, what was his name again?
Caller: Uh, Ariel Castro.
Dispatcher: And is he white, black or Hispanic?
Caller: Uh, Hispanic.
Dispatcher: What's he wearing?
Caller (agitated): I don't know, 'cause he's not here right now. That's why I ran away.
Dispatcher: When he left, what was he wearing?
Caller: Who knows (unintelligible).
Dispatcher: The police are on their way; talk to them when they get there.
Caller: Huh? I - OK.
Dispatcher: I told you they're on their way; talk to them when they get there, OK.
Caller: All right, OK. Bye.