Mary Jordan, a reporter for the Washington Post, will write a book for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus about the horrors that happened inside the house on Seymour Avenue.
CLEVELAND - By 9:30 p.m. Thursday, quiet had returned to the area of West 30th and Seymour Avenue. The crowds that filled this corner just south of Interstate 90 were gone, as police who stopped their search for the body of Amanda Berry, prepared to return in the morning to search the site for a second day.
In 2003, then-17-year-old Berry disappeared while walking home from her job at Burger King on West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue.
On day one of the search, police focused their attention on the east side of an empty lot at West 30th Street and Wade Avenue. They excavated an area from the eastern fence out about 8 feet and along the 50 or so feet of the property.
"We started this morning with a very slow, meticulous hand dig much like an archeological dig," Cleveland Police Commander Thomas McCartney. "We brought in a small backhoe and started skimming along that one area. Now, we're going to see if we can't get our hands on a larger backhoe and bigger bucket and maybe expedite the process."
"Our game plan is to check every inch of that lot so it's going to take a little bit of time," said McCartney.
Police found nothing on Thursday and will resume their excavation and search Friday morning.
"I don't want to walk away with any hint that we missed something, I want to be able to sleep and say we did the best we can do," McCartney said.
Watching it all was Nancy Ruiz, the mother of Gina DeJesus who disappeared in April 2004, a year after Amanda. In the fall of 2006, she watched as police acting on a tip dug up the floor of a garage on West 50th, but no body was found.
Ruiz said she thought about that day a lot on Thursday.
"I kept myself busy. I was not glued to the TV because I stated early that morning they were not going to find her because she was not there," Ruiz said.
Ohio lawmakers are expected to consider a bill this week that would offer cash reparations and other benefits to Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.
The fund set up to receive donations to assist the three women who were kidnapped and raped in a Cleveland house over a decade has taken in more than $1.4 million, but confusion exists on whether the donations are tax deductible.
The 911 dispatcher who took Amanda Berry's call from Seymour Avenue has been disciplined.
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro said he called the mother of one of his captives and told the woman her daughter was alive and had become his wife, according to interrogation tapes.
The investigation into the 911 handler who spoke with Amanda Berry is nearing completion.
A Craigslist advertisement has been removed claiming to have instruments taken from the home of Ariel Castro.
A 911 dispatcher is under fire for possibly using inappropriate language and not following procedures during Amanda Berry's call for help.
Convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro has been moved out of Lorain.
Alex Sheen, continuing his promises after a 245-mile walk for the Seymour survivors, visits the site of demolition Wednesday.