A week later, Berry's mother's hopes were raised when she received a phone call from her daughter's cell phone, the Plain Dealer reported. But the call apparently wasn't enough to help investigators.
In their house imprisonment, the girl and the woman were raped by their abductor, authorities say. Knight was allegedly impregnated five times by Castro, but he is accused of starving and repeatedly punching her in the stomach to induce miscarriages each time.
The two captives' only connection to the outside world was the television, and Berry watched newscasts of her family and friends holding vigils for her.
Desperate for leads seven months after her disappearance, the FBI released to the public how someone called Berry's mother from the teenager's cell phone. But no meaningful tips came forward.
In that same month, November 2003, Cleveland police removed Knight from the FBI missing person database because police couldn't locate her family to confirm that she was still missing, authorities said.
Still, investigators kept her case open and checked on it several times. Then, 19 days before the anniversary of Berry's disappearance, another girl went missing.
And Lorain Avenue was at the center of it again.
The third abduction
In March 2004, a month before the last person was abducted, Ariel Castro began having serious problems at work.
He received a 60-day suspension for leaving a child unattended on a school bus, school documents show.
Castro was facing several disciplinary issues -- unauthorized stop, failure to follow proper radio procedures, failure to effectively carry out job description activities -- but documents indicate he was ultimately disciplined for just one offense.
The police even went to Castro's house to investigate the bus incident about an abandoned child. No one answered at the home, and investigators later interviewed him elsewhere, police said.
Less than a month into Castro's suspension, the last of the three victims was abducted.
Georgina "Gina" DeJesus was barely a teenager -- just 14 -- when she vanished while walking home from middle school on Cleveland's west side. She was last seen on Lorain Avenue at a pay phone after school on April 2, 2004, a cold spring day.
In a ghoulish twist, DeJesus actually knew Ariel Castro, her family told CNN affiliate WOIO.
That's because she was a good friend with Castro's daughter, Arlene.
One year after DeJesus's appearance, Arlene Castro publicly crusaded to find her friend's kidnapper: She went on the national television program "America's Most Wanted" to plead for help in finding her friend in spring 2005.
Ariel Castro himself attended at least two public vigils for the missing girls -- while they were allegedly inside his home -- relatives told WOIO. Little did she know that her own father would later be charged with abducting and raping her good friend.
"I would like to say that I'm absolutely so, so sorry," a tearful Arlene Castro told ABC News this week. "... I'm so sorry for everything."
In fact, the police report described how DeJesus was allegedly taken: Castro was with his daughter when they allegedly approached DeJesus in the area of Lorain Avenue and 105th Street.