Amanda Berry, teen missing for 10 years, rescued from Cleveland home with child

Family recognizes pierced eyebrow

CLEVELAND - Amanda Berry, who went missing from Cleveland's west side in 2003, was found alive Monday night with her 6-year-old daughter (pictured at top).

"She comes out with a little girl and says, ‘Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry'… When she told me, it didn't register." A neighbor said he made the call and gave Berry the phone. When police arrived, officers asked him if he knew who he rescued.

Berry is being called a hero by Cleveland officials. Police said she broke out of the lower part of the front door and crawled just before 6 p.m. Monday.

Berry and a neighbor called 911 at 5:52 p.m. The first responder was at the scene in 2 minutes.

It took police just 6 minutes to confirm the identities of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. And then another minute to confirm the identity of Michelle Knight.

Berry's family said they knew it was her from her pierced eyebrow. It was the same ring she was wearing when she disappeared.

Berry vanished 10 years ago outside the Burger King on West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue.

Berry was walking home April 21 from her job at the fast-food restaurant. She was headed home to celebrate her birthday, as she was set to turn 17 the next day. Three years later, her mother died from heart failure.

Police and the girl's family thought a break came in July 2012 when a prisoner at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, who was jailed for murder, gave information that Berry's body may be buried on West 30th Street and Wade Avenue. After several days of searching and digging, investigators found the tip to have zero credibility.

Amanda's older sister, Beth Serrano, has always said the family hasn't given up on searching. They've tied ribbons around trees in the area and had fliers printed showing Amanda's picture.

Serrano said she's always on the lookout for her sister. "For me, I look day by day. I see a girl walking down the street -- it's an instinct, you just look, you know? Could that be her? Will I ever see her walking by?" Serrano asked.

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