Reminder: Media are encouraged to confirm reports from unofficial sources

Reminder: Media are encouraged to confirm reports from unofficial sources prior to presenting information to the public. For example, we have received multiple media inquiries regarding reports of naked women and women in chains at the Seymour home. Upon researching our call intake system extensively, only two calls for service from police are shown at that address. One call was from the resident, Ariel Castro, reporting a fight in the street. The second call was in relation to an incident regarding Ariel Castro and his duties as a bus driver. Police investigated the possibility that Castro had left a child unattended on a school bus. No charges were filed in that incident.

Update: Missing Girls Safe Return: Donations

The outpouring of community support surrounding the Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus homecoming is greatly appreciated. In order to give the girls their privacy and time to heal, the Cleveland Division of Police is asking that anyone wishing to provide gifts or cards to the girls refrain from doing so at their homes.

Instead, cards and gifts for Amanda Berry, excluding cash, can be dropped off at the First District located at 3895 West 130th Street in Cleveland.

Cards and Gifts for Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, excluding cash, can be dropped off at the Second District located at 3418 Fulton Road. Please clearly mark packages with the girl’s names and “Care of Commander Sulzer”.

Monetary donations can be made at any Key Bank under the name “The Courage Fund”.

Update – 12 p.m. May 9, 2013

Pedro Castro and Onil Castro have been released. Ariel Castro is currently in the Cleveland Central Processing Unit. Ariel is bound over to the county and is anticipated to be in their custody later today.

Update 11:00 AM May 9, 2013

Multiple sources are reporting on a police report from Monday, May 6, regarding response to the 911 call to 2207 Seymour Avenue. The City of Cleveland Law Department has not authorized release of this record. It is a confidential law enforcement investigatory record related to the kidnapping of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight.