Beth Serrano Statement On Kidnapped Sister Amanda Berry After Her Return Home: "Please Respect Our Privacy"[VIDEO]
By Staff Writer | May 09, 2013 02:03 AM EDT
Amanda Berry's sister, Beth Serrano, read a statement outside the family's Cleveland home Wednesday morning. Serrano thanked the media for their support in finding kidnapped sister Berry, but pleaded for privacy for the family during this sensitive time.
Beth's sister, Amanda, had been missing for ten years and was suspected a runaway. You can imagine how joyous and emotional the reunion must for Beth Serrano, the girl who has not seen her sister in a decade.
Beth announced to the media about finding her sister Amanda Berry:
"I just want to say we are so happy to have Amanda and her daughter home. I want to thank the public and the media for their support and encouragement over the years. At this time, our family would request privacy so my sister and niece and I can have time to recover. We appreciate all you have done for us throughout the past 10 years. Please respect our privacy until we are ready to make our statements and thank you."
Amanda Berry reunited with her old sister, Beth Serrano, for the first time after being abducted over ten years ago. Berry and two other women who were snatched in separate incidents and held against their wills were found alive at the home of Ariel Castro in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
Berry, who is now 27, was kidnapped on her way home from her job at Burger King a day before her seventeenth birthday on April 21, 2003. She was discovered along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who were also missing for a decade, at 2207 Seymour Ave. in Cleveland.
Louwanna Miller, Berry's mother, died of heart failure in 2006 after searching for her daughter for three years, but the family never gave up hope of finding the young woman. They posted fliers in the neighborhood and tied ribbons on trees in her honor.
Three brothers, aged 50, 52 and 54, are in custody in connection with the missing women. The police haven't confirmed their identities, but a Cleveland bus driver named Ariel Castro was arrested.
Charles Ramsey, a neighbor, heard Berry calling for help when her alleged captor wasn't home and called 911. Berry told the dispatcher "Help me, I am Amanda Berry. I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here, I'm free now." Ramsey is now considered a hero.
Another neighbor, Angel Cordero, helped break down the door and told reporters there were children inside the house. Police rescued Berry and the two other women. Police are still trying to determine how three women could have been imprisoned in a residential home, around so many people, for so long. Neighbors had no idea they were in the house. Ariel Castro was arrested for domestic violence in 1993, but never indicted.
Michelle Knight went missing in 2002. She is now 19. Gina DeJesus was 14 when she disappeared on April 2, 2004, while walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School. Her mother, Nancy Ruiz, believed her daughter had been sold into human trafficking.
Dr. Gerald Maloney of MetroHeatlh Medical Center told reporters, "This isn't the ending we usually hear to these stories, so we're very happy. We're very happy for them."
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said "I am thankful that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have been found alive. We have many unanswered questions regarding this case and the investigation will be ongoing. Again, I am thankful that these three young ladies are found and alive."
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