Nepal Today

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

UPDATE VICTORIOUS NEPALI CRICKET TEAM RETURNS HOME Kathmandu, 8 May: The victorious Nepali cricket team returned home from Bermuda Wednesday morning. Crowds lustily cheered the team as it drove to the National Sports Council in an open vehicle through the city streets. nnnn. WOMEN MISSING AS TEENAGERS TRACED Kathmandu, 8 May: Three women who vanished as teenagers about a decade ago were discovered alive in a house in Cleveland, and the home’s owner and his two brothers were arrested, police said today. Authorities were alerted to their whereabouts on Monday evening by a frantic emergency call from one, Reuters reports from Cleveland of them, Amanda Berry, moments after she was freed from the house by a neighbour who said he heard screaming and came to her aid. “Help me! I’m Amanda Berry. ... I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m here. I’m free now,” Berry, now 27, can be heard telling a 911 operator in a recording of the call released by police. Police descended upon the house within minutes to find Berry along with Gina DeJesus, who vanished in 2004, and Michelle Knight, who went missing in 2002 and is now 32, police said at a news conference. They also discovered a six-year-old girl believed to be Berry’s daughter, police said. Berry had last been seen leaving her job at a fast-food restaurant the day before her 17th birthday in April 2003, and DeJesus, now 23, was last seen walking home from school. The three women were taken to MetroHealth Medical Centre, where they were reunited with family and friends, and released today, a spokeswoman said. The owner of the house, Ariel Castro, 52, a school bus driver was arrested, as were his brothers Pedro, 54, and Onil, age 50, police said. “We believe we have the people responsible,” Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said at the news conference. "The nightmare is over. These three young ladies have provided us with the ultimate definition of survival and perseverance," said FBI Special Agent Steve Anthony. The house is close to where each woman was last seen, and police believe they were in the home for the entire time they were missing. The neighbour told police he helped Berry kick out the bottom of a screen door that was locked. During her 911 call, Berry gave the name of a man she said had abducted her. She said he had left the house and urged police to come quickly. She indicated that she knew her disappearance had been widely reported in the media. All three women were from the west-side section of Cleveland where they ultimately resurfaced. There was no word on the fate of a fourth missing girl, Ashley Summers, who disappeared from the same vicinity in July of 2007 aged 14 and who police investigated as possibly linked to the Berry and DeJesus cases, according to the Charley Project website. Abduction took toll on mother Amanda Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalised for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said. nnnn


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