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Girls kidnapped a decade ago found safe in Cleveland

A general view of the exterior of the house where, on Monday, three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately ten years ago were found alive on May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Bill Pugliano, Getty Images)
A general view of the exterior of the house where, on Monday, three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately ten years ago were found alive on May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Bill Pugliano, Getty Images)
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Updated: 5/07/2013 3:04 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — A decade in captivity in the middle of a Cleveland neighborhood is over for three women who disappeared separately when they were in their teens or early 20s, as authorities said Tuesday they have been found safe -- and are now grown women. 

Police were called late Monday after neighbors said they heard someone kicking at a door, yelling and trying to get outside a house in suburban Cleveland. 

Authorities ultimately found Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight in the home. 

Knight, now 31, was the first to disappear in August 2002 at the age of 20. Berry, now 26, vanished in April 2003 when she was just 16 years old. And DeJesus, now 23, disappeared in April 2004 at the age of 14. 

The aunt of one of the three missing women said Tuesday the women showed great strength to survive in the years since they disappeared. 

Sandra Ruiz spoke after visiting with all three women, including her niece. The three have now been released from a hospital, and taken to an undisclosed location in the Cleveland suburbs. 

Three men are in custody. They're identified as brothers, and they include the man who owns the home where the women were found.

The following is a timeline of events in the women's disappearances.

— Aug. 23, 2002: Michelle Knight, 20, vanishes. She was last seen at a cousin's house near Lorain Avenue and West 106th Street.

— April 21, 2003: Amanda Berry, 16, disappears after leaving her job at a Burger King at the corner of Lorain Avenue and West 110th Street, a few blocks from her home.

— January 2004: Police go to Ariel Castro's home at 2207 Seymour Ave., about 3 miles from where Knight and Berry were last seen. No one answers the door. Child welfare officials had alerted police that Castro, a school bus driver, apparently left a child unattended on a bus. Police later spoke to Castro and determined there was no criminal intent.

— April 2, 2004: Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, 14, disappears while walking home from school. She was last seen at a telephone booth at the corner of Lorain Avenue and 105th Street.

— March 2, 2006: Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, 43, dies after being hospitalized with pancreatitis and other ailments. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter.

— May 6, 2013: Knight, Berry, DeJesus and a 6-year-old girl believed to be Berry's daughter are found at Castro's home. Police arrest three brothers, Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro and Onil Castro, in connection with the women's disappearances.

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