CLEVELAND - Thursday will mark one month since Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped from a house on Cleveland's Seymour Avenue, where they were held captive for more than a decade.
The national and international media are gone. A lone sheriff's deputy sits in a car outside the boarded up, fenced in house where the girls were held. There is yellow crime tape around the house as well as two other vacant houses nearby.
Elsie Cintron, who lives a few doors away, said there are also what she calls "wise cracks" that still linger.
"A person came over by the fence over there the one day and said, 'Oh, you should have known something was going on,'" she said.
Cintron said she saw a little girl in the attic window last year and asked a police officer if someone could investigate. But she never dreamed that the child and three women were being held captive in the house.
"Yeah, you question why is there a little girl in the window and why is he going to work when there's no women in the house, but other than that what are you to say?" she said.
Cintron said it's a lot calmer and quieter on Seymour Avenue than last month and neighbors are trying to get to know each other better.
"It's over and done with, but still we thought maybe we could have done a little more, notice something," she said. "Everybody's looking around trying to see things, you know, more cautious, and at the same time, ask questions."