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Kidnap victim Amanda Berry returns home

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 13:08 EDT
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A sign hangs on a street pole near the Burger King restaurant where Amanda Berry was working and last seen a decade ago, May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP)
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US kidnap victim Amanda Berry arrived at her sister’s house on Wednesday for an emotional reunion with her family a decade after she became one of three local women to be kidnapped.

Television images of the rear of the home showed someone carrying a small child, thought to be the six-year-old daughter Berry bore during her time as a prisoner of three suspected kidnappers in a house in Cleveland, Ohio.

Shortly before an SUV with darkened windows arrived at the family residence, bedecked in balloons and banners and surrounded by well wishers and reporters, the FBI said that Berry’s sister was expected to make a short statement.

Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were rescued from a nondescript home on Seymour Avenue, Cleveland on Monday, around ten years after they disappeared in separate incidents.

The occupant of the house, a 52-year-old former school bus driver of Puerto Rican origin, Ariel Castro, has been detained, along with his brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50. They are expected to be charged later in the day.

When Berry’s car drove up, Jessica Duna, a 50-year-old housekeeper who lives in neighborhood, said: “Oh my God, it just stopped my heart. It’s just sad that her mother isn’t here right now. Its heartbreaking.”

Posters hanging on the home’s front verandah, surrounded by flowers and balloons, declared: “We never lost hope Mandy” and “Welcome home.”

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