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|Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:00|
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Officials: Amanda Berry Search a ‘Tedious Process’
Jessica Dabrowski and Jack Shea Fox 8- There is a possible break in the case of Amanda Berry, the Cleveland teenager who disappeared without a trace in 2003. Top law enforcement sources say that they have received information, which they consider credible, that the teen met with foul play in 2003 and her body was later hidden. A search was launched after an inmate from the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville sent law enforcement a letter indicating that he knew the location of Berry’s body. Crews began to dig at W. 30th Street and Wade Avenue near I-90 on Thursday morning. Special Agent Vicki Anderson, with the Cleveland Division of the FBI, was at the scene. “We never close these cases, they remain open until they’re solved,” Anderson said of Berry’s case and those like it. “So any tip that comes in, whether it’s here in Cleveland or anywhere in the nation, we definitely follow up on it.” “Hopefully, we’ll have information to provide later, either discounting this tip or saying, ‘Yes, it was credible,’ ” Anderson continued. The search, however, is not expected to be a timely operation. Anderson said that investigators would likely stop for the day at around 6 or 7 p.m. Additionally, the scene would be secured overnight until the search resumes early Friday morning. “It’s a very slow, tedious process, much like an archeological dig,” another police commander said. Meanwhile, Beth Serrano, Berry’s sister, said she received a phone call from police and will meet with them to receive the latest information on the case. On April 21, 2003, then 17-year-old Berry left work at the Burger King at West 110th Street and Lorain Avenue, and was heading home to celebrate her birthday, but never made it. Her family has worked to keep the case in the public eye, holding out hope for some answers. Berry’s mother passed away in 2006, taking all of the unanswered questions to the grave.