Timeline: Missing Women Found

CLEVELAND - August 23, 2002:

Michelle Knight disappeared.  She was 21 at the time.  She was last seen at a cousin's house near West 106 street and Lorain Avenue.

April 21, 2003:

Amanda Berry, 16, disappeared around 7:30 p.m.  It was one day before her 17th birthday. She called her sister before leaving her job at Burger King.  She was just a few blocks from her home.

Her mother, Louwana Miller, held out hope Amanda was alive.  A year after her daughter disappeared, she told Scripps station WEWS, "My hopes are still there. They're trying to stay as strong as they can be, but with no answers, not a lead, not a clue, that's what's hard because you don't know."

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.

August 2, 2004:

Georgina "Gina" DeJusus disappeared while walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School.  She was last seen at a telephone booth.

Her parents have held a vigil every year on the anniversary of her disappearance, never giving up hope their daughter was still alive. Gina's mother has always believed her daughter was kidnapped and sold into the trade.

November 2004:
Psychic Sylvia Browne tells Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, on "The Montel Williams Show" that her daughter is dead.

March 2, 2006:

Amanda Berry's mother passed away at the age of 43 before knowing the truth about what happened to Amanda. Louwana Miller always bought presents for her missing daughter, hoping she'd be home to open them.   Miller died from heart failure and pancreatitis.  She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter.

September 2006:

In September 2006, Cleveland police searched a house on West 50th Street after a tip that DeJesus was buried there. Two men were in custody, but released.

November 2011:
A neighbor, Israel Lugo, said he heard pounding on some of the doors of Castro's house, which had plastic bags on the windows. Lugo said officers knocked on the front door, but no one answered. Officers walked around outside the house and left, Lugo said.

April 2, 2013:
Family and friends of DeJesus gathered for a vigil on the corner where she was last seen on the ninth anniversary of her disappearance.

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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