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Suspect’s son wrote news story about missing Cleveland teen in 2004

Updated: May 8, 2013 12:53AM



The case of the three Cleveland women freed from a home years after they went missing took another strange turn with news that the son of one of the men arrested wrote a news article about one of the missing women years ago.

Ariel Castro, 52, was arrested Monday in Cleveland after a frantic 911 call led police to the three women and a 6-year-old in his home. Two of Castro’s brothers also were arrested.

His son, Ariel “Anthony” Castro, wrote an article about the case of Gina DeJesus in 2004, weeks after she disappeared while walking home from school.

“This is beyond comprehension. . . . I’m truly stunned right now,” Anthony Castro, 31, told WKYC-TV.

Anthony Castro said he was a journalism student at Bowling Green State University when he wrote the article for the Plain Press in Cleveland. Chuck Hoven, editor of the Plain Press, now and at that time, confirmed that Castro was a college student, writing the story on a class assignment.

The younger Castro even interviewed DeJesus’s mother, Nancy Ruiz, who talked about how things had changed in her neighborhood since her daughter went missing.

“People are watching out for each other’s kids,” she said.”It’s a shame that a tragedy had to happen for me to really know my neighbors. Bless their hearts, they’ve been great.”



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