Amanda Berry's family awaits her arrival in East Tennessee

Amanda Berry's family awaits her arrival in East Tennessee

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"It's overwhelming. It's the greatest feeling in the world. It's a miracle, and I cannot wait to see her," said Crystal Milton, Amanda's cousin. "It's overwhelming. It's the greatest feeling in the world. It's a miracle, and I cannot wait to see her," said Crystal Milton, Amanda's cousin.
Amanda Berry went missing in 2003. She is shown here reuniting with her sister on Monday. Amanda Berry went missing in 2003. She is shown here reuniting with her sister on Monday.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

ELIZABETHTON (WATE) - An Ohio woman who was held captive for 10 years will soon be heading to East Tennessee where her family is eagerly awaiting her arrival.

Amanda Berry, along with Gina Dejesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda's daughter, were rescued from a Cleveland, Ohio house on Monday after a neighbor heard cries for help and called police.

Amanda Berry's father's side of the family lives in Elizabethton, Tenn. Amanda was just a teenager when she disappeared. She is now 27 years old.

"I didn't think she was dead. No, no, never, never gave up," Amanda's father Johnny Berry said Tuesday. "She was just rough and tough."

Family members say she has a lot to take care of in Cleveland, but after that, they're expecting her and her six-year-old daughter Jocelyn to arrive at her dad's home.

"It's overwhelming. It's the greatest feeling in the world. It's a miracle, and I cannot wait to see her," said Crystal Milton, Amanda's cousin.

She says when Amanda's mother Louwana Miller passed away in 2006 they tried to convince her sister Beth to move down to Tennessee.

"And she wouldn't because of Amanda. She said if Mandy ever came home, she'd have to be there. She said she wouldn't leave until she knew something for sure," Milton said.

But now that Amanda is free, it's very likely the two might move to the area.

"I want that more than anything, for her and her sister to be here," she said.

Crystal's daughter eight-year old Christina was born while her aunt was missing. She's most excited about meeting a new cousin, close in age.

"We're going to play together," Christina said.

The family is planning some kind of fundraising effort to help Amanda and Jocelyn settle in.

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