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Key Events in Cleveland Missing Women Case

Updated: Tuesday, May 7 2013, 07:53 PM EDT
CLEVELAND (Andrew Michael/Ken Hines) -- A timeline of key events in the case of three women found alive in Cleveland disappearing several years ago in separate incidents:

August 23, 2002

Michelle Knight, 21, vanishes. She was last seen at a cousin's house. Her disappearance was not heavily investigated because of her age, and the belief by many that she ran away after losing custody of her son.

April 21, 2003
 
Amanda Berry, 16, disappears. She was last seen leaving her job at Burger King job in a car with an unidentified driver. Amanda's disappearance gained national attention; several leads were investigated, but all resulted in dead ends.

April 2, 2004
 
Gina DeJesus, 14, goes missing while walking home from school. Cleveland police investigate several tips regarding DeJesus's location, but no solid leads develop.
 
November 2004

Psychic Sylvia Browne tells Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, on "The Montel Williams Show" that her daughter is dead.   

March 2, 2006

Miller, 43, dies after battling multiple ailments during her 3 year search for her daughter.

September, 2009

Deer hunters find a body in Wisconsin that some believe might be that of Amanda Berry. DNA testing proves otherwise.

July, 2012

Lucasville prison inmate Robert Wolford claims he knows where Amanda Berry is buried. A police search of a vacant lot does not turn up any human remains.

November, 2011

Police investigate a neighbor's report of pounding on the doors of Ariel Castro's doors, but leave the property without entering the home.

April 2, 2013

Friends and family members of DeJesus gather at a vigil to mark the ninth anniversary of her disappearance.

May 6, 2013

Amanda Berry escapes the home of Ariel Castro with the help of a neighbor when Castro leaves to eat a McDonald's. Knight, DeJesus, and a young girl believed to be Berry's daughter are also safely recovered. Castro and two of his brothers are arrested.

AP contributed to this report.

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