Families Celebrate Ohio Women's Homecoming

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Police continued to gather evidence from the Ohio home on Seymour Avenue where three young women -- Michele Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry -- were held against their will for a decade.

Among the items taken away, was the "kicked in" door Amanda Berry escaped through.

"Right now they have completed searching of the home," Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said. "As far as the forensics goes, they are in the process of doing interviews with the victims, the interviews with the suspects…"

Those suspects are Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old owner of the home, and his brothers Onil and Pedro. The three men remain in a city jail awaiting charges.

Authorities also revealed Wednesday that the women were physically restrained in Castro's basement, which was reportedly sealed off by a padlocked door.

"My family would request privacy so that my sister, niece and I could have time to recover," Beth Serrano, Amanda's sister, said.
Meanwhile, celebrations continued Wednesday of the three lives saved. Flowers, balloons and banners welcomed home the women who had been missing for a decade.

The family of Amanda Berry, who bravely called 911, met Amanda's 6-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, for the first time. Missing from the picture was Amanda's mom, who passed away in 2006.

"What hurts me the most is that Mandy doesn't get to see her mom," Amanda's Aunt Suzzie said. "Her mom's gone."

Investigators are now asking how three women could be hidden seemingly in plain sight and how they survived.

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Dale Hurd

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