Then Castro allegedly returned to DeJesus without his daughter and offered her a ride to his house to meet up with his daughter, the police report said.
When DeJesus disappeared in 2004, even the FBI joined the search: That's because a total of two girls had disappeared from Lorain Avenue in Cleveland. In reality, there were three persons missing. Knight was the first, but the Cleveland police had removed Knight from the FBI missing person database in late 2003. That was 15 months after she was reported missing.
Police kept the Knight case open, but 2004 news accounts in the Plain Dealer didn't include Knight in how the community was searching for only two girls who disappeared on the Lorain abduction corridor.
With two girls and one woman in his house, Castro allegedly made the captives obedient by testing them: he pretended to leave the house and then surprised them. He disciplined them if they sought to escape, a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
The three women feared their captor. They surrendered for years.
Personal life crumbles for alleged abductor
By late summer 2005, Castro's common-law marriage was in trouble.
At that time, court records showed the couple had separate addresses, and Castro's was his house. Records don't detail the history of the couple's living arrangements.
His common-law wife, Grimilda Figueroa, once lived in Castro's house in the Latino neighborhood on Seymour Street on Cleveland's west side, but it's unclear exactly when.
For all the time that Castro lived in his house, family wasn't allowed to venture too deep inside.
Another of his daughters by Figueroa, Angie Gregg, noticed how her father "would take forever" to answer the front door. Then he gave her a hand signal to wait and told her to use the back door.
Once inside, she and her husband enjoyed dinner with her father. Ariel Castro played songs too loud, but she overlooked the noise because her father was a musician who played the bass in a salsa and merengue band.
But sometimes he disappeared from dinner. He gave no explanation for his absence.
Once she asked to go upstairs to see her childhood bedroom, and he charmed her away: "Oh, honey, there's so much junk up there. You don't want to go up there," she recounted.
She didn't think twice and dismissed it as his just "being a pack rat." No one knew that three women were allegedly being held captive there.
It amounted to slavery
They were first chained in the basement and later allowed to live upstairs on the second floor, the initial incident report said. Though in separate rooms, they interacted sometimes and relied on each other for survival, said a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation.
How this could happen was captured in a remark by Daniel Marti, a friend to Ariel Castro since junior high school who lived near him for 22 years: "To us, it was like nothing was happening. But yet it was happening, right in front of our face and we didn't even know."
Castro never allowed even his own blood to take a hard look inside his house -- including Figueroa's father, Ishmael. The father said that when his daughter and Castro broke up, she moved back in with her parents and never wanted to talk about Castro. It was too upsetting.
Castro was apparently the father of at least two of Grimilda Figueroa's three children, 2005 court records show. Those two children, both girls, have the Castro surname, and Figueroa's other child, a son, has a different surname, records show.