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Kidnapping victim, grandfather reunite in Cleveland

Berry Reunion

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - The last month has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions for the family of Amanda Berry, the Cleveland woman who broke free from her alleged captors.

Her grandfather, an Elizabethton native, recently reunited with his granddaughter.

Her grandparents and father live in Elizabethton, Tennessee and Saturday we caught up with the young woman's grandfather to hear more about his trip to reunite with his granddaughter.

A dream is now a reality for Troy Berry -- his once-missing granddaughter Amanda Berry is now reuniting with family 10 years later. "I never thought it would happen after all that time," he said.

He recently made a three day visit to Cleveland and is now back home in Elizabethton. After a lot of crying, Berry says his visit was all about quality time with Amanda and getting to know his great-granddaughter.

"[Amanda] hugged me, kissed me, and told me she loved me like she's been around me all of her life," added Berry.

In the past over the summer, Amanda visited east Tennessee for family reunions and special occasions. "Every time I came down here she came. She loved the mountains," said Berry.

Three women were believed to have been held captive inside a home in Cleveland, Ohio. Berry says the family is simply proud of Amanda's brave move to escape.

"She did good. She got the chance and she hit the door," he said.

Everyday life now consists of a phone call from his granddaughter and making new memories. "It's a miracle and it just doesn't seem real. It's been so long but it is real," said Berry.

He says the family is hoping for a visit from Amanda this August.

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