Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on the latest forensic evidence in the case against Ariel Castro. According to DeWine Castro could face the death penalty if a charge of aggravated murder is added.
Reporter Paul Orlousky from affiliate WOIO talks with Zoraida Sambolin on 'Starting Point' about new developments into the investigation in the case against Ariel Castro. He also updates us on new details that emerged from a police report about the alleged abuses these three young women endured at the hands of Ariel Castro.
Linda Summers is the step-grandmother to Katie Summers, who went missing in 2007 at the age of 14. She talks to Zoraida Sambolin on Starting Point about the on-going investigation into Ashley’s disappearance.
Ashley was last seen in the same neighborhood where the three missing women were found on Monday in Cleveland. Initially, investigators had speculated that the disappearance of Amanda Berry, Gina De Jesus and Ashley Summers were all connected. However, now that Berry and De Jesus were found with a third female Michelle Knight, what happened to Summers is still a mystery. Linda explains, “we’re putting out all hopes that they know of something,” and that through the investigation answers to many of the questions surrounding Ashley’s disappearance will be answered. The family is looking for “any information they can get” in regards to Ashley’s 2007 disappearance.
Summers was initially considered a runaway, however a serious of events lead the family to believe that was not the case. One instance that Linda Summers talks about occurred about four months after her disappearance. Linda believes that she saw Katie while driving down a local street at night. Linda states, “her hair was cut short and dyed blonde.” However, by the time Linda had the car turned around to verify it was her, “she had disappeared down an alley.”
Ashley’s family is remaining in contact with the police and FBI in regards to the investigation into Ashley’s disappearance. Linda says, “that all you can do is hope and pray,” for something good to happen.
Katie Beers was abducted in 1993 at the age of nine years old, and held for 17 days in an underground bunker by a family friend. She is on Starting Point talking with Zoraida Sambolin about her recovery experience, and her advise for the three women found in Ohio after being missing for nearly a decade.
Beers was “ecstatic” to learn that these three women were found alive after all of these years, and hopes that they take the time to heal and get counseling to help them through the difficult recovery that abducted children face upon returning home. Beers stresses that it will be “difficult for these three women to assimilate back into normal everyday life.” She attributes her foster parents with being an amazing support system for her in the wake of her recovery. Katie is also thankful that her foster parents kept her out of the public eye, and shielded her from the media coverage of her case.
Maria Castro Montes is the cousin of the Castro brothers. She reacts to the revelations about her cousins, shedding light on their past and details about the estranged relationship she shared with them. "We are shocked with some of the things that are coming to light," she says. Montes also expresses support for the women they allegedly kept captive for years.
She says the family is fully behind the women, more concerned about their wellbeing and apologetic for what they endured "at the hands of someone that is a part of our family...We are so happy for them and at the same time we are so heavy hearted."
Meanwhile, Montes says the family and the suspects’ neighbors “never saw a dark side” to her cousins. “There was never anything that this family saw," she says. "If we had had any inclination, any suspicions of anything, no one in this family would have remained quiet.”
Julio Castro talks with Zoraida Sambolin and Christine Romans on Starting Point about his nephews who are suspected of kidnapping three teenage girls nearly a decade ago. The girls were found alive in Castro's nephew Ariel's home in Cleveland Ohio. Castro was in a state of disbelief when he learned that his three nephews were in police custody in connection to these crimes.
When discussing his nephew Ariel, he described him as a “nice happy kid.” He goes on to state that he came from a good family, and that he is sure “he was raised right.”
Castro owns a store near Ariel’s home, however Castro admits that he had not seen or heard from his nephew in five or six years.
Ed Smart is on Starting Point talking with Zoraida Sambolin and Christine Romans. He is the father of Elizabeth Smart, who was rescued after being kidnapped back in June 2002, and was rescued nine months later. Ed Smart called the rescue of the women "three miracles," and hopes that the women take time to bond with their families, and "find their new place in the world."
Ed Smart believes the most important advice he could give the victims and their families is to tell them that this is not their faults, despite any type of guilt or responsibility their captures may have placed on them. He states that, "This was a segment in their lives, and they have their entire lives ahead of them."
Smart believes that ultimately the most important thing is to make sure that justice is served, and that these captures cannot do this again.
Former America's Most Wanted Host John Walsh, whose son was abducted and killed in 1981, is a longtime advocate for missing children. He weighs in on the case. Walsh says he is thrilled to see that these three women and a child are alive.
His advice to the kidnapping victims is to avoid TV interviews and get psychological counseling for their trauma first. “Do not do the news shows,” he says. “Don’t do it till you’re ready, don’t do it till you think you can mentally handle it. That's the best way to recover from ten years of confinement, and fear of being—either being killed or kept there for the rest of your life.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on the search for man who allegedly abducted his two sons and may now be in Cuba.
The search is intensifying this morning for 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis, who vanished from her bedroom in Tucson, Arizona.
She was last seen in her room at 11pm Friday night. When her dad went to wake her up Saturday at 8am, she was gone.
Law enforcement and volunteers searched over the weekend, but there are no signs of the young girl. We're now hearing that investigators are looking into a possible entry point into isabel's bedroom.
Tucson police chief Roberto Villasenor explains to Soledad O'Brien on how an open window could be key to finding Celis.