An Escape from Terror in Cleveland

Wed May 8, 2013 AT 10:56 AM EDT

A day after three missing women were found alive in a Cleveland house, police and federal investigators on Tuesday were trying to determine how their suspected abductors had kept them hidden from view, even as authorities regularly pursued new leads in the roughly 10 years since they disappeared, according  The Wall Street Journal. The women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — vanished separately a decade ago while in their teens and early 20s only blocks from the 1,400-square-foot house where they were found Monday night. Their rescue came almost by accident, when Berry, now 27, hailed a neighbor while her alleged captor was out, slipped through an obstructed front door with the neighbor’s help and frantically called 911, The Washington Post reports. The sadistic kidnappers raped the women for a decade, resulting in up to five pregnancies and the birth of one child, police sources told WKYC-TV. The The New York Post is reporting the rescued 6-year-old girl is believed to be captive Amanda Berry’s daughter. Finally, The New Yorker chronicles the escape in Cleveland.

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