CLEVELAND -- The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."

Those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who vanished about a decade ago were found Monday, exhilarating law enforcement authorities, family members and friends who had longed to see them again.

Police Chief Michael McGrath said Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight had apparently been held captive in the house since their teens or early 20s.

Authorities later arrested three brothers, ages 50 to 54. One of them, former school bus driver Ariel Castro, owned the home, situated in a neighbourhood dotted with boarded-up homes. No immediate charges were brought against them.

A 6-year-old girl also was found in the home, and Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said Tuesday that the child is believed to be Berry's daughter. He declined to say who the father was or where the child was born.

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  • Balloons surround the porch at the home of Gina DeJesus in Cleveland Friday, May 10, 2013. DeJesus was freed Monday from the home of Ariel Castro where she and two other women had been held captive for nearly a decade. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • A sign rests in front of a home Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, who allegedly held three women captive for nearly a decade, is charged with rape and kidnapping. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • A 10-foot chain link fence surrounds the home of Ariel Castro in Cleveland Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Castro is under arrest and charged with kidnapping and rape after three women were rescued last week at the house after being held captive for a decade. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • Ariel Castro Arraigned On Kidnapping And Rape Charges

    CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: (L-R) Onil Castro, Pedro Castro and Ariel Castro stand in the courtroom during Ariel's arraignment on rape and kidnapping charges May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ariel Castro is accused of abducting Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and holding them for about 10 years. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    The Castro brothers (L-R) Onil and Pedro are arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, with County Public defender Kathleen DeMetz (R). Unemployed American bus driver Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade.The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention. Castro's two brothers -- Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 -- were also detained on Monday because they were with Ariel when he was arrested, but will not be charged in connection with the kidnapping. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    The Castro brothers (L-R) Onil and Pedro are arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, with County Public defender Kathleen DeMetz (R). Unemployed American bus driver Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade.The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention. Castro's two brothers -- Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 -- were also detained on Monday because they were with Ariel when he was arrested, but will not be charged in connection with the kidnapping. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ariel Castro

    Onil Castro, left, Pedro Castro, center, and Ariel Castro, right, wait for their arraignment at Cleveland Municipal Court in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Ariel Castro

    Pedro Castro talks with public defender Kathleen DeMetz as Ariel Castro, back right, and Onil Castro, left, wait for their arraignment at Cleveland Municipal Court in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • Pedro Castro, Onil Castro, Kathleen DeMetz

    Pedro Castro, left, and Onil Castro, back right, Ariel Castro's Castro's older brothers who've been in custody since Monday, appear in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Prosecutors brought no charges against the brothers, citing a lack of evidence. Ariel Castro was arraigned Thursday on charges of rape and kidnapping after three women missing for about a decade and one of their young daughters were found alive at his home earlier in the week. Attorney Kathleen DeMetz is at right. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ariel Castro

    Onil Castro, left, Pedro Castro, center, talks with public defender Kathleen DeMetz as Ariel Castro, right, waits for his arraignment at Cleveland Municipal Court in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, with County Public defender Kathleen DeMetz (R). Unemployed American bus driver Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade.The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, with County Public defender Kathleen DeMetz (R). Unemployed American bus driver Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade.The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women in Cleveland, May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade. The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, with County Public defender Kathleen DeMetz (R). Unemployed American bus driver Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade.The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, with County Public defender Kathleen DeMetz (R). Unemployed American bus driver Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade.The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Balloons hang on a street pole near the Burger King restaurant where Amanda Berry was working and last seen a decade ago, after three women were held captive for a decade in a house, May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry gives a statement to the media after her sister arrived at her home, May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry, comes to give a statement after Berry arrived at her sister's home on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women, including Amanda Berry. They were found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry hugs a friend after making a statement to the media after her sister arrived at her home, May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry arrives to make a statement to the media after her sister arrived at her home, May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry, speaks to the press after Amanda Berry arrived at her sister's home on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women, including Amanda Berry. They were found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry, speaks to the press after Amanda Berry arrived at her sister's home on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women, including Amanda Berry. They were found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry makes a statement to the media after her sister arrived at her home, May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 3 Missing Cleveland Women FOUND

    From left to right, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight.

  • Amanda Berry And Sister

    Amanda Berry, right, hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital Monday May 6, 2013. Berry and two other women were found in a house near downtown Cleveland Monday after being missing for about a decade. (AP Photo/Family Handout courtesy WOIO-TV)

  • Georgina "Gina" DeJesus

    These three photographs obtained on May 6, 2013 courtesy of the FBI show Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, who went missing as teenager about a decade ago and was found alive May 6, 2013 in a residential area of Cleveland, Ohio. Three women who had been missing for years -- two of whom disappeared as teenagers -- were found alive in a house in Cleveland, police in the US state of Ohio said Monday. "All three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, seem to be in good health," Cleveland police said in a statement. (Picture are right is a "photograph progressed to 17 years)

  • Michelle Knight

    Police said Knight went missing in 2002 and is 32 now.

  • These undated handout photos provided by the FBI show Amanda Berry, left, and Georgina "Gina" Dejesus. Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s. Berry and the two other women who went missing a decade ago were found on Monday, May 6, 2013 elating family members and friends who'd longed to see them again. (AP Photo/FBI)

  • John Walsh, co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, speaks at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children annual Hope Awards in Washington, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, about the missing women found in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued from a Cleveland home on May 6.. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

  • A collection of celebratory balloons and stuffed animals crowds the entrance to the home of the sister of Amanda Berry on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, one of three women found alive in a house a few miles away after disappearing years earlier, in a west side Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood. Many people who dropped off balloons said they didn't know Berry personally but wanted to celebrate her safe return. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

  • Missing Teens Found Alive In Cleveland Home

    CLEVELAND, OH, - MAY 07: A general view of the exterior of the house where, on Monday, three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately ten years ago were found alive on May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, who went missing in 2003, Gina DeJesus, who went missing in 2004, and Michele Knight, who went missing in 2002, were all found alive in the same house. Three suspects, all brothers, have been taken into custody. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

  • Missing Teens Found Alive In Cleveland Home

    CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 7: FBI agents remove evidence from the house where three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately ten years ago, were found alive on Monday May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, who went missing in 2003, Gina DeJesus, who went missing in 2004, and Michelle Knight, who went missing in 2002, were all found alive in the same house. Three suspects, all brothers, have been taken into custody. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    The house of the sister of Amanda Berry, one of the three women held captive for a decade, stands decorated by well wishers May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    A missing person sign displaying portraits of Amanda Berry , one of the three women held captive for a decade, stands in front of her sister's house May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Wellwishers come drop a token of respect outside the home of the sister of Amanda Berry, one of the three women were held captive for a decade, May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Wellwishers come drop a token of respect at the of the sister of Amanda Berry, one of three women held captive for a decade, May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-CRIME-KIDNAP

    Wellwishers come drop a token of respect at home of the sister of Amanda Berry, one of three women held captive for a decade, May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This image provided by the FBI shows the updated "Missing Person" poster for Amanda Berry. A frantic phone call Monday, May 6, 2013, led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who vanished about a decade ago were found Monday, exhilarating law enforcement authorities, family members and friends who had longed to see them again (AP Photo/FBI)

  • Pedro Castro

    This undated photo released by the Cleveland Police Department shows Pedro J. Castro. Three women who disappeared in Cleveland a decade ago were found safe Monday, and police arrested three brothers, including Castro, accused of holding the victims against their will. (AP Photo/HO, Cleveland Police Department)

  • In this undated photo released by the Cleveland Police Department shows Onil Castro. Three women who disappeared in Cleveland a decade ago were found safe Monday, and police arrested three brothers, including Castro, accused of holding the victims against their will. (AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department)

  • This undated photo released by the Cleveland Police Department shows Ariel Castro. Three women who disappeared in Cleveland a decade ago were found safe Monday, and police arrested three brothers, including Castro, accused of holding the victims against their will. (AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department)

  • This image provided by the FBI shows an undated photo of Amanda Berry. The voice of the long-missing woman was frantic and breathless, choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now." Those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who went missing a decade ago were found on Monday, elating family members and friends who'd longed to see them again. (AP Photo/FBI)

  • Balloons fly outside the home of Gina DeJesus Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in a home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • A "Welcome Home Gina " sign hangs on a fence outside the home of Gina DeJesus Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in a home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Brittany Moore uses her cell phone to snap pictures of a house where three women escaped Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found Monday in the home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • A house where three women escaped is shown Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found Monday in the home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Sheriff deputies stand outside a house in Cleveland Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the day after three women who vanished a decade ago were found there. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in the home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Sheriff deputies stand outside a house in Cleveland Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the day after three women who vanished a decade ago were found there. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in the home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • The front door of a house where three women escaped is shown Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in the home just south of downtown Cleveland Monday, May 6, and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • FBI agents remove evidence from the house where three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately ten years ago, were found alive on Monday May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, who went missing in 2003, Gina DeJesus, who went missing in

    FBI agents remove evidence from the house where three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately ten years ago, were found alive on Monday May 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, who went missing in 2003, Gina DeJesus, who went missing in 2004, and Michelle Knight, who went missing in 2002, were all found alive in the same house. Three suspects, all brothers, have been taken into custody. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

  • FBI show Amanda Berry, who went missing

    These three photographs obtained on May 6, 2013 courtesy of the FBI show Amanda Berry, who went missing on April 21, 2003, after leaving the fast food restaurant at which she was employed a decade ago, and was found alive May 6, 2013 in a residential area of Cleveland, Ohio. Three women who had been missing for years -- two of whom disappeared as teenagers -- were found alive in a house in Cleveland, police in the US state of Ohio said Monday. "All three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, seem to be in good health," Cleveland police said in a statement. (Picture are right is a "photograph progressed to 17 years)

Authorities would not say whether the women were restrained inside the house or if any of them had been sexually assaulted. Police said they were trying to be delicate in their questioning of the women, given the trauma they endured.

Investigators also said Tuesday that they had no record of any tips or calls about criminal activity at the house in the years after the victims vanished, but that they were still checking their records.

However, two neighbours said they were alarmed enough by what they saw at the house to call police on two occasions.

Elsie Cintron, who lives three houses away, said her daughter once saw a naked woman crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard several years ago and called police. "But they didn't take it seriously," she said.

Another neighbour, Israel Lugo, said he heard pounding on some of the doors of Castro's house, which had plastic bags on the windows, in November 2011. Lugo said officers knocked on the front door, but no one answered. "They walked to side of the house and then left," he said.

Neighbours also said they would see Castro sometimes walking a little girl to a neighbourhood playground. And Cintron said she once saw a little girl looking out of the attic window of the house.

The three women appeared to be in good health and were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and reunited with relatives. A photo released by Berry's family showed her smiling with an arm around her sister. All three were released from Metro Health Medical Center on Tuesday morning. Police said they were taken to an undisclosed location in the suburbs.

A sign outside the home of DeJesus' parents read "Welcome Home Gina."

Her aunt Sandra Ruiz told reporters that she was able to see all three. She asked that the family be given space.

"Those girls, those women are so strong," she said. "What we've done in 10 years is nothing compared to what those women have done in 10 years to survive."

Investigators celebrated the news almost as much as the families.

"For Amanda's family, for Gina's family, for Michelle's family, prayers have finally been answered. The nightmare is over," said Stephen Anthony, head of the FBI office in Cleveland. "These three young ladies have provided us with the ultimate definition of survival and perseverance. The healing can now begin."

He added: "Words can't describe the emotions being felt by all. Yes, law enforcement professionals do cry."

The disappearances of Berry and DeJesus never left the minds of police. Investigators twice dug up backyards looking for Berry and continued to receive tips about the two every few months, even in recent years. But few leads ever came in about Knight, who was the first of the three to disappear, in August 2002.

The women's escape and rescue began with a frenzied cry for help.

A neighbour, Charles Ramsey, told WEWS-TV he heard screaming Monday and saw Berry, whom he didn't recognize, at a door that would open only enough to fit a hand through. He said she was trying desperately to get outside and pleaded for help to reach police.

"I heard screaming," he said. "I'm eating my McDonald's. I come outside. I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of a house."

Neighbor Anna Tejeda was sitting on her porch with friends when they heard someone across the street kicking a door and yelling. Tejeda said one of her friends went over and told Berry how to kick the screen out of the bottom of the door, which allowed her to crawl out.

Tejeda said Berry, dressed in pyjamas and old sandals, was nervous and crying.

At first Tejeda said she didn't want to believe who the young woman was. "You're not Amanda Berry," she insisted. "Amanda Berry is dead."

But when Berry told her she had been kidnapped and held captive, Tejeda said, she gave the young woman a telephone to call police, who arrived within minutes and then took the other women from the house.

In her 911 call Monday, Berry declared: "I'm Amanda Berry. I've been on the news for the last 10 years."

Police said Knight disappeared in 2002 at age 20 and is 32 now. Berry, now 27, disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. About a year later, DeJesus vanished at age 14 on her way home from school.

They were found just a few miles from where they disappeared.

Police identified the three suspects as Ariel Castro, 52; Pedro Castro, 54; and Onil Castro, 50.

Attempts to reach Ariel Castro in jail were unsuccessful. There was no public phone listing for the home, which was being searched by dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies.

Police did go to the house twice in the past 15 years, officials said.

In 2000, before the women vanished, Ariel Castro reported a fight in the street, but no arrests were made, Public Safety Director Martin Flask said.

In 2004, officers went to the home after child welfare officials alerted them that Ariel Castro, a school bus driver, had apparently left a child unattended on a bus, Flask said. No one answered the door, according to Flask. At some point in the investigation, police talked to Castro and determined there was no criminal intent, he said.

The women's loved ones said they hadn't given up hope of seeing them again.

Berry's cousin Tasheena Mitchell told The Plain Dealer newspaper: "I'm going to hold her, and I'm going to squeeze her and I probably won't let her go."

Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in 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.

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Associated Press writer Kantele Franko in Columbus contributed to this report.

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