Michelle Knight was released from the hospital on Friday and a statement issued on her behalf says that “Michelle Knight is in good spirits and would like the community to know that she is extremely grateful for the outpouring of flowers and gifts. She is especially thankful for the Cleveland Courage Fund. She asks that everyone please continue to respect her privacy at this time,” reported Cleveland’s WKYC on May 10, 2013.
Michelle Knight, who was rescued on May 6 along with 27-year-old Amanda Berry and 23-year-old Gina DeJesus from Ariel Castro’s house on Seymour Avenue after an 11-year captivity, is now 32 years old.
According to Cleveland’s WKYC, it is unknown where Michelle Knight went after her release on Friday from MetroHealth Medical Center. Unconfirmed reports, however, say that Michelle Knight went to stay with Gina DeJesus and WKYC does report that Michelle Knight’s grandmother and brother have been seen with flowers and balloons at Gina DeJesus’ house.
Michelle Knight is continuing to shun her family, especially her mother, and one can certainly understand why.
Michelle Knight disappeared on Aug. 23, 2002, when she was 21 years old. Only 15 months after her disappearance, Michelle Knight was removed from the FBI missing person database.
“Kym Pasqualini, a national advocate for missing adults, said in an interview Thursday that the removal of Knight’s name and description from the database helped the case fall through the cracks,” reported Cleveland.com on May 9, 2013.
The reason why Michelle Knight was removed from the missing person database was because police were unable to contact Michelle Knight’s mother to verify that her then 22-year-old daughter was still missing.
Despite several attempts by police to contact Michelle Knight’s mother and several messages, the police did not hear from Michelle Knight’s mother.
Michelle Knight’s mother, Barbara Knight, on the other hand, said in an interview this week that “police did little to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, instead theorizing that she probably left of her own accord.”
In contrast to Michelle Knight’s disappearance, the disappearances of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were widely publicized; not only because the two girls were 16 and 14 years old, respectively, but also because their families stayed in contact with the police and never gave up hope of finding the girls.
Amanda Berry has stated that she was able to watch during her captivity that she was being searched for and she told the 911 operator on the day of her rescue that she was the Amanda Berry that everyone was looking for. Similarly, Gina DeJesus might have at least known that someone is looking for her. But what about Michelle Knight?
After Michelle Knight’s publicized rescue on Monday, Michelle Knight’s mother flew from Florida to Cleveland on Tuesday.
Because Michelle Knight has shunned her family while being in the hospital, Michelle Knight’s mother has retained a lawyer “in order to try to get access to see her daughter.”
Barbara Knight’s lawyer, Jay Milano who is a Senior Partner at Milano Pasch Medici Attorneys & Counselors at Law, spoke exclusively to WKYC’s John Anderson on Friday and told him that “Barbara just wants to be a part of the healing process.”
Barbara Knight also says that she does not understand what is going on and that it is irritating. “All I want to do is help her.”
Michelle Knight must be thinking — is it not a little bit too late for that?