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Amanda Berry    

Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor; Author of "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland"

Amanda Berry disappeared on April 21, 2003, one day before her 17th birthday. Berry was last heard from when she called her sister to tell her that she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King at West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue. The FBI initially considered Berry a runaway, until a week after her disappearance, when an unidentified male used Berry's cell phone to call her mother, saying "I have Amanda. She's fine and will be coming home in a couple of days." That man was Berry's kidnapper, Ariel Castro. Between 2002 and 2004, he had kidnapped Berry and two other women, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus. They were subsequently imprisoned in his house on Seymour Avenue until May 6, 2013, when Berry escaped with her six-year-old daughter and contacted the police. Knight and DeJesus were rescued by responding officers and Castro was arrested within hours.


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