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“I knew my daughter was out there alive. I knew she needed me, and I never gave up searching for her,” Gina’s father, Felix DeJesus, told the throng of reporters camped outside his family’s home.

At the Berry house, Amanda’s sister, Beth Serrano, pleaded for privacy as the family struggles to comprehend what’s happened.

“Our family would request privacy so my sister and niece and I can have time to recover,” she said.

There remains some mystery as to the condition of Miss Knight, the only one of the victims not to make an appearance Wednesday. She reportedly remained in the hospital in “frail” condition.

While police continue their investigation, they have been on the receiving end of allegations they didn’t do enough to find the women sooner. 

In the days since Monday’s harrowing rescue, numerous neighbors have said they called authorities in regard to suspicious sounds or activities at the Castro home. 

Cleveland police are disputing those claims, and do not believe they missed obvious clues that could have brought the victims home much sooner.

“We’ve asked ourselves that question numerous times over the past 10 years. … I’m just very, very confident in the ability of those investigators and those law enforcement officers that they checked out every single lead,” Mr. Tomba said. “If there was one shred of a tip, no matter how minute it was, they followed it up aggressively.”

Earlier Wednesday, Cleveland Detective Jeff Follmer told CNN that it’s no shock to see people coming “out of the woodwork” and claiming to have alerted police.

“It’s not true,” he said. 

The department also said on its Twitter page that after an exhaustive search of their records, they found no evidence of phone calls or other messages directing them to the Castro house.

Police aren’t the only ones under fire for their actions in the case. The 911 call-taker who took Miss Berry’s frantic plea for help Monday night also is the subject of an investigation. 

The call-taker hung up on the distressed victim before police arrived.

“Please be assured that this matter will be investigated, and if necessary, appropriate corrective action taken,” said Martin L. Flask, director of Cleveland’s Department of Public Safety.