CLEVELAND (AP) — Amanda Berry and two other women police say were held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade issued a YouTube video posted Monday at midnight, thanking the public and telling the world they are rebuilding their lives.
“First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and friends,” Berry said in the video.
“It has been unbelievable.”
Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight broke their public silence in the 3-minute, 30-second video, saying the support and prayers of family, friends and the public is allowing them to rebuild their lives after what Berry called “this entire ordeal.”
The women had gone missing separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16, and 20 years old.
A number of Berry’s family members live in Carter County, including her father, grandmother and grandfather.
In the video, none of the women had any visible scars of the abuse they said they suffered at the hands of Ariel Castro, who has pleaded not guilty to a 329-count indictment alleging he kidnapped them off the streets and held them captive in his two-story home. They were smiling and appeared upbeat.