3 kidnapped women found after a decade

Three Ohio women who had been kidnapped separately in Cleveland, have been found alive.

This image obtained May 7, 2013 courtesy of WOIO TV shows Amanda Berry (C) reunited with her sister (L) on May 6, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio after Berry and two other women who had been missing for a decade were found alive in a house not far from where they were last seen. Picture: AFP.

CLEVELAND - Three Ohio women who were separately abducted a decade ago were found alive together on Monday.

Police said they were found at a Cleveland house near to where they had last been seen.

Three brothers have since been arrested as suspects in their disappearances.

The police were alerted to the whereabouts of the women by an emergency call from one of them, Amanda Berry.

She was freed from the house by a neighbour who said he heard screaming and came to her assistance.

Berry called the police and said, "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."

During the call, she gave the name of her alleged abductor, said he was "out of the house" and urged police to come quickly.

The neighbour, Charles Ramsey, said in an interview broadcasted by CNN that when he arrived, Berry appeared desperate to get through the door, which did not open properly.

Ramsey added that he was astonished when she identified herself.

The two women found with Berry were identified by authorities as Gina Dejesus, 23, who vanished in 2004 aged 14 while walking home from school.

Michelle Knight, who was reported to have been between 18 and 20 when she went missing in 2002.

All were from the west-side section of Cleveland where they ultimately resurfaced.

Berry had last been seen leaving her job at a fast-food restaurant the day before her 17th birthday in April 2003.

All three women were taken to a hospital, Metrohealth Medical Center, where Dr Gerald Maloney told a news conference they were all safe and "appear to be in fair condition".

The police said that the investigation will be ongoing.