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4 Thursday, May 9, 2013 DAILY NEWS NYDailyNews.com urn I i i a mm Amanda and her 6-year-old daughter, jocelyn, in hospital. The police made Diehl's parents pore overbooks of photos of unidentified dead girls. Lorraine lay awake night after night staring at Denise's empty bed. "The cops were sure her boyfriend had nothing to do with Denise's disappearance," she says. "We never believed he did either.

In fact, he came home to help us search the basements and stairways and rooftops of the Mets. I searched the streets of Greenwich Village to see if she ran away with hippies. I thought of Manson's cult that killed SharonTate the year before. Every time a cult did a mass suicide like in Jonestown I searched the names and faces of the dead." When her father got a tip that Denise was spotted in Maine, he drove the family up there to search. Deadend.

"Myfatherrefusedto everfile a life insurance claim because 1 BYCHELSIAROSEMARCIUS in Cleveland and STEPHEN REX BROWN and CORKY SIEMASZKO EW YO RK DAI LY WS THE THREE women held in the Cleveland house of horrors were treated to the repulsive annual ritual of being served cake on their "abduction days." Wednesday brought more horrible revelations about what the captives endured for the past decade, even as they were happily reuniting with family members and friends. The women watched heartbreaking TV coverage of vigils that were held ontheirbehalf, CNN reported. And their alleged twisted kidnapper, Ariel Castro, marked the anniversaries of their abductions by serving dinner and a cake, the cousin of one victim told The New York Times. "He would celebrate their abduction day as their newbirthday," the relative told the newspaper. Then there was the police report Wednesday that Amanda Berry, the courageous former prisoner who led the breakout from what had been their prison, had been forced to give birth to her baby girl in an inflatable kiddie pool.

She has been missing for 43 years. Denise Marie Sheehy, 16, 5 feet, 3 inches, 103 pounds, with pierced ears, leftherfamily'sWoodside, Queens, apartmentjustbefore 5 p.m. on July 7, 1970, dressed in blue shorts, white clog sandals and a red and white top, and disappeared without a trace. She hasbeen missing longer than Etan Patz and Jimmy Hoffa, longerthanthe 18yearsjaycee Dugard was held before being rescued and longer than the three young women liberated fromtheirmonstrous captorin Cleveland on Monday. "My sister is one of the longest-missing persons in the state," says Lorraine Sheehy Diehl, 62, sitting in her Middle Village apartment as cable news plays onherTV.

"So when news first broke of these three girls escaping in Cleveland I jumped forjoy. It was like my life-long dream come true of being reunited with my kid sister." She experienced the same elation when Elizabeth Smart was rescued, and when Dugard was freed and when Katie Beers rose from the living dead out on Long Island. And nowthe story in Cleveland gives Diehl renewed hope and refocuses the vivid details of her sister's disappearance. "Itwasmy 19thbirthdayandl called from a pay phone to tell my mother I was getting on the subway home to our place (in the Metsapartmentsat4815 46th St.) from my job at in Manhattan," says Diehl. "My mother was setting the table for my birthday party.

Then she smelled beer on my sister Denise'sbreath. My mother had just heard Denise talking to her boyfriend who was visiting a sick aunt in Pennsylvania. My mom and Denise argued. My mother said she was gonna tell my father when he got home from work at the post office. My sister stormed out." Denise hopped afence in the courtyard behind the building and exited through an adjacent Metsapartment building.

"A neighbor said she saw Denise walking out as she was coming in," she says. "A drug dealer lived in that building. Itwas 1970.Theyear after Woodstock. If ateenager died in Woodside itwas in Vietnam or an OD. Nobody was killing teenage girls." Diehl says the family waited all night for Denise to come home.

"My parents reported her missingthe nextday," she says. "Denise, my sister Pat and I all slept in the same room. Denise's empty bed made us cry every night. My motherwouldn't let anyone disturb my birthday party setting on the table for a week." fe4J Ft si- i ii if mr ma DENIS fk HAMILL i Bpggfcii Kidnapper fed victims cake in family at her sister's modest two-story house in Cleveland. It was the first time Berry had been there in more than a decade.

And it was festooned with flowers and had a "Welcome Home Amanda" sign hanging from the front porch. Mother and daughter mouth to the baby and "breathed for her" until she was revived. The now 32-year-old Knight also told police that she got pregnant five times while in captivity, miscarrying each time after being repeatedly punched in the stomach by Castro, according to the report. thatwouldbe admitting Denise was dead," she says. "He died believing Denise was still alive.

My mother is still alive living in Florida and at 8 1 still believes Denise is alive and coming home." Lorraine Diehl says stories like the one in Cleveland ignite a flicker of hope. "Maybe Denise has amnesia," she says. "Brainwashed. Who knows? All I know is that I have a hole in the centerofmylife. I wasgonnago on Montel Williams to talk to that psychic that told Amanda Berry's mom that her daughter was dead.

Thank God, I didn't waste mytime." And so every Feb. 20, on Denise Sheehy's birthday, Lorraine Sheehy Diehl lights a church candle for her missing little sister who would be 58. "For 43 years, I've missed my sisterDenise every single day," she says. dhamillnydailynews.com Berry tried to educate her quickly ducked inside. But in a telephone chat with her grandmother Wednesday, the young mom sounded upbeat and even proud of her 6-year-old Jocelyn who is believed to have been fathered by her captor, Ariel Castro.

"Yeah, she'smy daughter," said Berry, 27. "Born on Christmas." Michelle Knight, the oldest of the three women held captive, told police she saved Berry's baby at birth, performing CPR under threats by Castro. Knight said Castro vowed to kill Berry if the baby died -according to a police report obtained by WKYC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland. She said Jocelyn was not breathing when she was born and that she put her daughter as she was shackled inside the house with two other captive women, Moments later, Berry's big sister, Beth Serrano, emerged with Gina Dejesus and Knight, the Cleveland eyes still red trom crying and hair sopping wet from a recent shower. Plain Dealer reported nni- 1 ine new insigi We are elated.

This into Berry's ordeal emerged shortly before she was is a nappy ending," reunited with.

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