Amanda Berry, teen missing for 10 years, rescued from Cleveland home with young child
Little girl believed to be her daughter
Colleen Seitz, newsnet5.com
9:28 PM, May 6, 2013
11:03 PM, May 6, 2013
CLEVELAND (WEWS) - Amanda Berry, the missing Ohio teen last seen in 2003, was found alive Monday night with a little girl believed to be her daughter.
"She comes out with a little girl and says ‘Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry'… When she told me, it didn't register," a neighbor told NewsChannel5, our Scripps station in Cleveland. The neighbor said he made the call and gave Berry the phone. When police arrived, officers asked him if he knew who he rescued.
There was a child who was about 4 or 5 years old with Berry, as well as other children inside the house, according to the neighbor. He said he recognized Berry, now 27 years old, from posters.
A source close to the case told NewsChannel5 the little girl is Berry's daughter.
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Berry disappeared 10 years ago while walking home from her job at a Cleveland Burger King.
She was headed home to celebrate her birthday, as she was set to turn 17 the next day.
Police and the girl's family thought a break came in July 2012 when a prisoner at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, who was jailed for murder, gave information that Berry's may be buried on West 30th Street and Wade Avenue. After several days of searching and digging, investigators found the tip to have zero credibility.
Amanda's older sister, Beth Serrano, has always said the family hasn't given up on searching. They've tied ribbons around trees in the area and had fliers printed showing Amanda's picture.
Serrano said she's always on the lookout for her sister.
"For me, I look day by day. I see a girl walking down the street -- it's an instinct, you just look, you know? Could that be her? Will I ever see her walking by?" Serrano explained.