Is there a fourth victim?
Ashley Summers was 14 when she vanished near her Cleveland home in 2007. She was last spotted about three miles away from the run-down residence owned by former school bus driver Ariel Castro, who is charged with kidnapping and raping Amanda Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, about 23, who had apparently been held captive in the house since their teens or early 20s, police said.
“There is no new information that’s come to light about her: Ashley Summers is an active, open investigation,” Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba told reporters Wednesday.
“I can assure you that her disappearance was part of our questioning of the three subjects that we brought in,” said Tomba.
On Wednesday, Castro, 52, was charged with three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping. His brothers Pedro and Onil were cleared of any involvement because there was no evidence, Cleveland Prosecutor Victor Perez said.
The tight-knit community has not given up hope that Ashley is alive. Sandra Ruiz, aunt to Gina DeJesus, told a crowd of people gathered for Gina’s homecoming, “Look next door and bring our other family member – Ashley Summers – home.”
Ashley’s family has not given up hope that she’ll be found alive. Her aunt Debra tells CNN, “We’re hoping for a miracle.”
For much more on the Cleveland kidnapping case, including details about the women’s harrowing escape, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
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