Video Vault: Amanda Berry disappears 2003, Gina DeJesus disappears 2004
WEWS coverage of two missing girls
Tom Livingston, newsnet5.com
9:24 PM, May 10, 2013
10:13 PM, Mar 7, 2014
CLEVELAND - The miraculous rescue of the three young ladies from their decade-long captivity on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland has received a massive amount of coverage nationally and internationally.
Both the 2003 disappearance of Amanda Berry and the 2004 disappearance of Gina DeJesus were covered by local media, including here at WEWS.
However, when a loved one is missing, no amount of coverage is ever enough for friends and family who love them.
In our video player, I've posted the first story we did on Amanda's disappearance just a week after she was last seen walking home from her job at Burger King. The story, done by our Paul Kiska, contains an interview from Amanda's mom Louwana Miller. Miller passed away in 2006.
Also in our player are stories from WEWS reporters Adam Shapiro, Angie Lau and Kareen Wynter. Lau's story was done the day before Amanda's case was to air on "America's Most Wanted" while Wynter's story focused on the pain of a Christmas with a daughter missing.
The second clip in our video player takes us to roughly one year later, as coverage began on the disappearance of DeJesus.
Just days after Gina was reported missing while walking home from Wilbur Wright School, WEWS reporter Debora Lee and Paul Kiska covered the story. Adding to the mystery surrounding Gina was the inescapable fact two girls were now missing from the same area.
Intertwined in the stories on Gina were references to Shakira Johnson. The 11-year-old girl disappeared from her east side neighborhood on the way home from a block party and was later found dead.
Crowds at vigils, a police dog sniffing for clues and officers searching through fields are shown. If you look closely, one Cleveland police officers you'll see is Second District commander Keith Sulzer. In 2004, Sulzer was a lieutenant in the First District and diligently searched for both girls.
In a story by Kareen Wynter, exact duplicates of Gina's clothing were shown in the hopes of jogging someone's memory and lead to her recovery.
In looking at the early stories done on both girls, there are haunting images but also sadness for the loss of Amanda's mom, who never got to see her daughter again.