With 3 women freed, Cleveland police seeking tips

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police investigators returned to the Cleveland neighborhood where three women were held captive in a house for a decade hoping to get tips on unsolved missing-person cases.

Cleveland city and public transit police and the FBI sponsored Thursday evening’s event called a “Night Out For Missing Persons.” There were two locations, one on Cleveland’s east side and the west side street where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped to freedom May 6.

Cleveland police had a mobile van at the scene and the Guardian Angels crime fighting organization passed out leaflets highlighting missing people. Authorities hoped to encourage information on the more than 100 open missing-person cases in Cleveland.

Cleveland police were criticized for the handling of missing-person reports in the deaths of 11 women found buried in 2009.

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