12:57 PM EDT 11/06/2013
Originally posted 05/11/2013 04:45PM
Visiting his mother's house in working-class Cleveland on May 6 around 4:30 in the afternoon, a gregarious Ariel Castro greeted his family warmly.
"The first thing he said was 'Familia!' " his brother-in-law Juan Alicea, 63, tells PEOPLE.
After a meal of rice and beans and pork chops, "He and I were in the yard breaking up dirt in the garden with his two grandchildren," says Alicea. "He was talking about how he wanted to get it done because he didn't want to have to come back and do it tomorrow. Then he kissed his mom goodbye and said, 'I love you, Mom. The food was good.' Just like normal."
Originally posted 05/09/2013 08:10AM
Is there a fourth victim?
The police are still searching for a fourth girl who went missing six years ago from the same area in Ohio where three missing women were discovered on Monday.
Ashley Summers was 14 when she vanished near her Cleveland home in 2007. She was last spotted about three miles away from the run-down residence owned by former school bus driver Ariel Castro, who is charged with kidnapping and raping Amanda Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, about 23, who had apparently been held captive in the house since their teens or early 20s, police said.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 01:15PM
As the kidnapping of three Cleveland women who were missing for 10 years is investigated by authorities, grim details about the conditions in suspect Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home are being released.
While police would not say how the women were taken captive or whether they were sexually assaulted, Police Chief Michael McGrath told NBC's Today show on Wednesday that investigators found ropes and chains in the house.
He added the women were restrained and "released out in the backyard once in a while."
McGrath said he was "absolutely" sure police did everything they could to find the women over the years. He disputed claims by neighbors that officers had been called to the house before for suspicious circumstances. "We have no record of those calls coming in over the past 10 years," he said.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 12:05PM
Amanda Berry's brave escape led police to discover a house of horrors where Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were also being held captive for 10 years.
On Wednesday, the 27-year-old mother returned home.
As a motorcade approached Berry's home around 11:35 a.m. ET, Berry and her 6-year-old daughter entered the house through a back door accompanied by family members as neighbors clapped and cheered in a swell of emotion.
Berry's sister, Beth Serrano, addressed the crowd shortly after:
Originally posted 05/08/2013 07:30AM
Cleveland police are reviewing whether they may have missed chances to rescue the three young women held captive for up to a decade in a house where neighbors say they repeatedly reported something was amiss.
In 2004, Cleveland police showed up at the home after one of the suspects, Ariel Castro, a school bus driver at the time, left behind a passenger.
When no one answered, the officers left, officials say, adding that the bus incident was not a criminal matter.
But neighbors say there were more recent calls that could have led to a rescue.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 07:20AM
Joining his family for rice and beans and an afternoon of yard work at his mother's working-class Cleveland home on Monday, Ariel Castro was in high spirits.
"The first thing he said was, 'Familia!'" his brother-in-law Juan Alicea tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. Before he left, "He kissed his mom goodbye and said, 'I love you, Mom; the food was good.' Just like normal."
But as much of the country would soon learn, it was no ordinary day.
Originally posted 05/07/2013 09:15AM
The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."
Those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who vanished a decade ago were found Monday, elating family members and friends who had longed to see them again.
Authorities later arrested three brothers. They released no names and gave no information about them or what charges they might face. A relative said one of them is the homeowner, his nephew Ariel Castro.
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