DNA test results released Friday confirmed that Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping three women held for years in his rundown home, is the father of a 6-year-old girl born in captivity to one of his alleged victims, Ohio’s attorney general said.
After the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation received a sample of Castro’s DNA late Thursday, Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement that “forensic scientists worked throughout the night to confirm that Castro is the father” of the child, whose mother, Amanda Berry, was abducted as a teenager in 2003.
DeWine added that “Castro’s DNA did not match any other Ohio cases,” though he said the FBI is checking the sample to determine whether Castro is connected to cases in other states.
Separately, the FBI said Friday that an extensive search of the property where the three women and the child were held — dubbed Cleveland’s “house of horrors” — has not turned up any human remains. The bureau said it has concluded its search.