Washington, May 7 (EFE).- Police and the FBI said Tuesday at a press conference that, along with the three missing women found in a house in Cleveland a decade after they disappeared, authorities also found a 6-year-old girl.
The girl found in the home owned by suspect Ariel Castro is the daughter of captive Amanda Berry, who disappeared in 2003, Cleveland Public Safety Director Martin Flask said.
Castro, 52, was arrested along with two of his brothers, Pedro Castro, 54, and Oneil, 50.
Amanda Berry; Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, who disappeared in 2004, and Michelle Knight, who went missing in 2002, were rescued Monday, stunning residents in the largely Hispanic neighborhood.
The victims were 17, 14 and 20, respectively, at the time they disappeared.
"The real hero here is Amanda. She's the one that got this rolling. Without her, none of us would be here today," Cleveland's deputy police chief, Ed Tomba, said at the press conference.
It was Berry's screaming that attracted the attention of neighbor Charles Ramsey as he was sitting down to dinner Monday night.
Ramsey went to the house, saw Berry and the little girl trying to get out and kicked in part of a door to help them escape. Amanda then identified herself and asked him to call 911.
Flask said that the authorities came to the door of the house in January 2004 after a complaint against Ariel Castro for having abandoned a boy when he was a school bus driver.
Nobody answered the door on that day and police left the house and did not pursue the matter any further.
Citing "many unanswered questions regarding this case," Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the investigation will be ongoing.
Authorities said that Ariel Castro owns other properties and law enforcement officers will be searching them.