Grim discovery in Ohio gives hope to Weatherford family

The family of a missing Weatherford girl says the recent, grim news that three women were held for years in a rundown home in Ohio has actually given them hope.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: May 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013
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— The family of a missing Weatherford girl says the recent, grim news that three women were held captive for years in a rundown home in Ohio has actually given them hope.

JaRay Wilson disappeared in October and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Her family thinks she could be in a situation where she is being held against her will, like the women found Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

The women in Cleveland and a young child born to one of the victims while in captivity were forced to live, for the most part, in separate bedrooms on the second floor of a home owned by Ariel Castro, a longtime resident of the neighborhood.

Authorities have said the women were abducted in the early 2000s and were held against their will for roughly a decade before one of them escaped and called police.

One of the victims told investigators Castro impregnated her several times during her ordeal. She said Castro starved and beat her to her to force miscarriages.

The women also told investigators they were first chained up in the basement before they moved upstairs. The women were only allowed out of the house twice during their captivity, one of them said.

‘It gives you hope'

Despite the horrific details of the crimes Castro is accused of committing against the women and small child in Ohio, the parents of JaRay Wilson are actually somewhat hopeful following the revelations.

Jara Wilson, the 16-year-old Weatherford teen's mother, said she and her husband, Rodney, have “never lost hope.”

“But it does make you have more hope,” she said of the news out of Ohio. “It shows you never, ever give up.”


by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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How to help

Anybody with information about the whereabouts of JaRay Wilson is asked to call the Custer County sheriff's office at (580) 323-1616.

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