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Daughter of kidnapping suspect speaks out; knew one victim


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- The daughter of the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and holding three women for about a decade speaks out. In a twist, she was best friends with one of the women and reportedly the last person to see her before she went missing.

Arlene Castro, 22, told Good Morning America she was "disappointed" and "embarrassed by her father's alleged actions. She says she has not spoken to her father, Ariel Castro, since late last month and had no idea could be the man who police say kidnapped and held three women over the years.

Michele Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, 23 were all found in Ariel Castro's home Monday after Berry screamed for help and neighbors came to their rescue.

Arlene Castro was actually DeJesus' best friend when she went missing, and was reportedly the last person to see her. In a 2005 interview with "America's Most Wanted," the year after DeJesus disappeared, Arlene said the two were walking together after school and separated after Arlene's mom told her to come home.

Arlene had a message for her friend, which she shared with Good Morning America. "I am absolutely so, so sorry. I really want to see Gina and I want you to meet my kids. I'm so sorry for everything."

Arlene says she and her father were never really close. "Every time we would talk it would just be short conversations, just a hello, how are you doing and let me know if you need anything and that was it."

Meanwhile, Ariel Castro was arraigned Thursday morning on charges of rape and kidnapping. His bond was set at $2 million on each case.

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