How the case developed over the years
Aug. 23, 2002
Michelle Knight, 20, vanishes. She was last seen at a cousin’s house near Lorain Avenue and West 106th Street.
April 21, 2003
Amanda Berry, 16, disappears after leaving her job at a Burger King at the corner of Lorain Avenue and West 110th Street, a few blocks from her home.
Police go to Ariel Castro’s home at 2207 Seymour Ave., about five kilometres from where Ms. Knight and Ms. Berry were last seen. No one answers the door. Child-welfare officials had alerted police that Mr. Castro, a school-bus driver, apparently left a child unattended on a bus. Police later spoke to Mr. Castro and determined there was no criminal intent.
April 2, 2004
Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, 14, disappears while walking home from school. She was last seen at a telephone booth at the corner of Lorain Avenue and 105th Street.
April 10, 2004
Acting on a tip from a psychic, police search for Ms. DeJesus in a building on West 58th Street, finding nothing.
A journalism student named Ariel Castro interviews Ms. DeJesus’s mother for a story on her daughter’s kidnapping, which appeared in Cleveland community paper The Plain Press. The student is believed to be the suspect’s son, who according to records is named Ariel Anthony Castro. (Pictured: Ms. DeJesus's father, Felix, standing in a memorial to her in his living room in March, 2004.)
March 3, 2004 file photos shows Felix DeJesus, holding a banner showing his daughter's photograph, standing by a memorial in his living room in Cleveland. Cleveland police say two women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago have been found alive in a residential area about two miles south of downtown. Tony Dejak
A psychic on the Montel Williams Show, tells Amanda Berry’s mother that her daughter is dead. At the time Louwana Miller believes the psychic, but tells the Plain Dealer the following April: “I can’t accept [the psychic’s information] because I don’t have any proof.”
March 2, 2006
Amanda Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, dies at 44 after being hospitalized with pancreatitis and other ailments. “She literally died of a broken heart,” Cleveland city councillor Dona Brady, a friend of the Berry family, said this week.
Police search the Cleveland home of registered sex offender Mathew Hurayt, looking for Ms. DeJesus. Mr. Hurayt and John McDonough, who live in the house, are arrested, but not charged. Ms. DeJesus’s parents, Felix DeJesus, right, and Nancy Ruiz, say they remain hopeful their daughter is alive. “I know deep in my heart that my baby’s still out there,” Ms. Ruiz tells the Plain Dealer.
The FBI begins to investigate the possibility that the same person kidnapped Ms. Berry, Ms. DeJesus and Ashley Summers, a 14-year-old who went missing in July of 2007 in the area.
Amanda Marie Berry, left, and Georgina Lynn Dejesus are seen in an undated combination photograph released by the FBI on May 6, 2013.
Sept. 11, 2009
Investigators believe that a body found in a creekbed in Wisconsin may be Ms. Berry, but a DNA test comes back negative.
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. Tony Dejak
July 19-20, 2012
An incarcerated murderer tells police Ms. Berry’s body is in a vacant lot in Cleveland’s west end. Police dig up the lot, finding nothing. Anthony Quiros, who grew up next to the house where the women were found, said this week that Ariel Castro, right, was present as police searched the lot.
A profile photo uploaded to Ariel Castro's Facebook account.
May 6, 2013
Ms. Knight, Ms. Berry, Ms. DeJesus and a 6-year-old girl are found at Mr. Castro’s home after Ms. Berry calls out to a neighbour for help and calls 911. Police arrest three brothers – Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro and Onil Castro.