CLEVELAND - Spectators cheered as a motorcade emerged leading the way for the car carrying Amanda Berry to her sister's home, finally returning her to a safe place after ten years locked away in a house of horrors.
The crowd gathered along West 129th Street did not see Berry, who was taken inside the home through a back door. She chose not to speak Wednesday but sister Beth Serrano did step outside to talk to the media.
"We are so happy to have Amanda home. We request privacy to recover," Serrano said. "We appreciate all the media has done for us over the past years."
First District Commander Thomas McCartney laid out parameters for Berry's return, asking reporters and crews to stay on the sidewalk across the street from the family's home, which was covered in balloons and welcome signs.
"Amanda is on the road to health today," said McCartney. "Amanda needs time for herself to get healthy and we need to respect that."
Berry returned home more than a decade after her disappearance following a shift at the Burger King on Lorain Avenue and West 110th Street.
"Hope's alive today and our dreams have been answered," McCartney said.