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Cleveland police to 911 dispatcher: ‘This might be for real’

The Lookout

Cleveland police radio communication shows the conversation between a 911 dispatcher and officers discovering that three long-missing women were, in fact, alive in the home of Ariel Castro.

The initial 911 call came from Amanda Berry on Monday evening. "Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here, I’m free now," Berry told the dispatcher.

After speaking with Berry, the police dispatcher relayed her story to Cleveland police officers: "A female, says her name is 'Amanda Berry,' and that she had been kidnapped 10 years ago. It's a Code 1."

The dispatcher then says that Berry told her the male's name was Ariel Castro, and gave his address.

Once at the scene, the officer asks the dispatcher if a "bus" (aka ambulance) is coming because "this might be for real. There might be others in the house."

A bit later, the officer tells the dispatcher, "We found them." Crying can be heard in the background.

In addition to Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were also allegedly imprisoned by Castro for years. Castro has been charged with kidnap and rape.

Click here to hear the full audio recording.

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