WEWS - Courtesy - Embargo Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio - May 8, 2013
1. SOUNDBITE: Beth Serrano / Amanda Berry's Sister
I want to thank the public and the media for their support over the years. At this time, our family would like to request privacy for my sister and niece and I and have time to recover. We appreciate all you have done for us throughout the past ten years. Please request our privacy until we are ready to make our statement and thank you.
Amanda Berry went to her sister's home Wednesday morning. Shortly after, her sister Beth Serrano thanked everyone for their effort and support over the years, adding "please respect our privacy until we are ready to make our statement, and thank you."
As word of Berry's homecoming spread, a large crowd swelled in the street outside the home decorated with dozens of balloons, and homemade signs, one reading "We Never Lost Hope Mandy."
A 6-year-old girl believed to be Berry's daughter also was found in the home Monday, police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said. He wouldn't say who the father was.
The women were reunited with joyous family members but remained in seclusion Tuesday. They were rescued after Berry kicked out the bottom portion of a locked screen door and used a neighbor's telephone to call 911. An officer showed up minutes later and Berry ran out and threw her arms around the officer, a neighbor said.
Police have identified three suspects in the case as Ariel Castro and two brothers, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50. Ariel Castro owned the home where the three girls were found in a neighborhood dotted with boarded-up houses just south of downtown.
Calls to the jail went unanswered, and there was no response to interview requests sent to police, the jail and city officials.