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Families Celebrate Return of Three Women Missing for Years

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Two neighbors near a Cleveland house where three women were found alive after disappearing a decade ago say police were called twice in recent years to investigate suspicious activity there.
 
One man says he heard pounding on doors at the house. Another neighbor says her daughter once saw a naked women crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard.
 
Both say police looked around but never went inside the house where the three women were found Monday after a frantic 911 call.
 
Cleveland officials said Tuesday that they have no record of anyone calling about criminal activity at the house but that they are still combing their records. Police said Tuesday they there in 2004 for an unrelated investigation but no one answered the door.
 
Three brothers, ages 50 to 54, are in custody.

A relative of brothers arrested says their family is "totally shocked" three women missing for years were found at the home of one of them.
 
Juan Alicea says the arrests of his wife's brothers have left relatives "as blindsided as anyone else" in their community. 

Alicea says he hadn't been to the home of his brother-in-law Ariel Castro since the early 1990s. Three women who vanished separately about a decade ago were found captive Monday at the run-down house after one of them escaped and contacted police.
 
Alicea says he had eaten dinner with Castro at a different brother's house shortly before the arrests were made. No charges have been filed. Castro is jailed and can't be reached for comment. 

The case leaves Cleveland police facing questions about their handling of missing-person cases. They're conducting an internal review.

Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard says the women who went missing about a decade ago and were found at a Cleveland home need a chance to heal and reconnect with the world.
 
In a statement released Tuesday through her publicist, Dugard said the human spirit is resilient, and the case reaffirms that people should never give up hope.
 
Dugard was abducted from a South Lake Tahoe, Calif., bus stop in 1991 at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years in a backyard, where she gave birth to two children conceived by rape.
 
She wrote a best-selling memoir in 2011, "A Stolen Life," which recounts her years in captivity.
  
Elizabeth Smart says she's overjoyed to hear about the happy ending for the Cleveland women who escaped Monday after being missing a decade.
 
Smart said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America (http://abcn.ws/YrUx5k ) that the ordeal highlights the importance of the public staying alert and vigilant. She advised the women to focus on moving forward and let go of the past. Smart says it's also important for others to respect the privacy of those women as they recover from the decade-long ordeal. 

Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City when she was 14. She was freed nine months later when she was found walking with her captor on a suburban street in March 2003.
 
On Monday in downtown Cleveland, three women who vanished a decade ago were found. (AP)

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