updated 05/07/2013 AT 10:50 AM ET
•originally published 05/07/2013 AT 9:15 AM ET
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 a decade ago were found Monday, elating family members and friends who had longed to see them again.
Authorities later arrested three brothers. They released no names and gave no information about them or what charges they might face. A relative said one of them is the homeowner, his nephew Ariel Castro.
Police Chief Michael McGrath said he thinks Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were tied up at the house and held there since they were in their teens or early 20s.
A 6-year-old also was found in the home. At a Tuesday morning press conference, authorities said that the child was Amanda Berry’s but did not identify a father.
The women appeared to be in good health and were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and be reunited with relatives.
Neighbor Juan Perez told NBC’s Today show that he rarely saw Castro or anyone else at the house.
“I thought the home was vacant. I thought he probably had another property and he would just come and check and see if everything is okay.” Perez said. “I didn’t even know anybody lived there.”