“Amanda Berry disappeared aged 16 in 2003, Gina DeJesus went missing aged 14 a year later, and Michelle Knight vanished in 2002 aged around 19.” – BBC News
Isn’t it great to have a good news story for a change. All to often these days when a child or teenager goes missing we all fear the worst – but this time these three young ladies and possibly Berry’s child according to reports, have finally escaped their makeshift prison. They have shown great courage and resilience to stay positive and ready for this day for up to a decade.
It’s hard to imagine what it must have felt like for those young women sitting watching the news and seeing themselves and the search for them, desperate to make contact with their families who by now had probably lost all hope of ever seeing them again. The other tough thing will be for all those who lived around the house who didn’t realise the truth was next door to them – thankfully one of them made the difference when it mattered and helped to save them. The police and other authorities involved must be overjoyed to see that this story had a happy ending, and while some will look for officials to blame for not finding them sooner sometimes it’s not as straightforward as that and all we should be thankful for is that they are all well and returning to the families that have missed them .
There is a sadness too for Amanda’s mother who didn’t live to see this day – she died in 2006 from a broken heart some say. To think that her missing daughter was sitting just a few miles away from her all that time is heart-breaking and to never see this day must make it bittersweet for the Berry family.
On the positive side, three young women will now receive the love, care and professional attention to help them rebuild their lives again and all are young enough to do that and enjoy a long, peaceful and happy life with those who cherish them.