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Amanda Berry returns home

The front porch of Amanda Berry´s home is decorated with balloons and signs on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Cleveland. Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, had apparently been held captive in a house since their teens or early 20s, police said. (AP Photo/Tony<br />Dejak)
The front porch of Amanda Berry's home is decorated with balloons and signs on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Cleveland. Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, had apparently been held captive in a house since their teens or early 20s, police said. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Amanda Berry, who disappeared a decade ago, returned home this morning.

She arrived at her sister's Cleveland home to a huge crowd of media, law enforcement, neighbors and cheers.

"Amanda Berry is HOME!" the Cleveland Police Department tweeted shortly before noon.

Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were rescued Monday after Berry escaped from the home where they had been held captive for 10 years and called 911.

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  • Berry, 27, had been expected to speak to the media after she arrived home.

    Instead, her sister, Beth Serrano, told reporters that the family was happy Amanda was home and she had decided not to speak yet. Serrano thanked the community and asked the crowd to respect her family's privacy..

    "I want to thank the public and the media for their support," she said. "We appreciate all you have done for us over the past 10 years."

    DeJesus, 23, is also expected to return home today. Knight, 32, is at MetroHealth Medical Center in good condition, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Three brothers -- Ariel, Onil and Pedro Castro -- are in custody in connection with the disappearances. All three young women went missing about 10 years ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s.

    Earlier updates: Cleveland to review dispatcher's handling of Berry's 911 call; ropes and chains found in home.


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