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Son of captor suspect wrote article about missing woman in 2004

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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Felix DeJesus holds a banner showing his daughter Gina's photograph at his home in 2004. (AP/File)

In a strange twist, the son of one of the men suspected of kidnapping and holding three women captive for close to a decade in a Cleveland home wrote an article about one of the missing women in 2004.

Ariel “Anthony” Castro, the 31-year-old son of 52-year-old Ariel Castro, wrote an article published in Cleveland's Plain Press about how Gina DeJesus’ disappearance "changed her neighborhood."

“This is beyond comprehension," Anthony Castro told Cleveland's NBC affiliate WKYC last night. "I'm truly stunned right now.”

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"Since April 2, 2004, the day 14-year-old Gina DeJesus was last seen on her way home from Wilbur Wright Middle School, neighborhood residents have been taken by an overwhelming need for caution," Castro, then a journalism student at Bowling Green University, wrote in 2004. "Parents are more strictly enforcing curfews, encouraging their children to walk in groups, or driving them to and from school when they had previously walked alone."

Castro even interviewed DeJesus' family for the piece:

“You can tell the difference,” DeJesus’ mother, Nancy Ruiz said. “People are watching out for each other’s kids. It’s a shame that a tragedy had to happen for me to really know my neighbors. Bless their hearts, they’ve been great.”

Chuck Hoven, managing editor of the Plain Press, confirmed to Fox & Friends on Tuesday that Castro wrote the April 12, 2004, story.

“He did a nice job on the article,” Hoven said. “It was a big story at the time.”

[Also see: Neighbor who rescued kidnapped women speaks]

A post published on what is believed to be Anthony Castro's Facebook page Monday shows a drawing of a woman looking down from the sky.

"She is looking down from heaven with joy that they were finally found that's what she always wanted!" one comment from a Facebook user reads.

DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight were found on Monday inside the Cleveland home the older Ariel Castro shared with two brothers. The three men were arrested, and the women were taken to Cleveland MetroHealth Center for evaluation. "They're safe," Dr. Gerald Maloney said Monday.

Charles Ramsey, Castro's neighbor, heard Berry screaming and kicked open a door to help free the women.

"I come outside and I see this girl going nuts trying to get out," Ramsey told reporters. "I go on the porch and she said, 'Help me get out. I've been here a long time.'"

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