(NBC NEWS) The nightmare could have been over nine years ago.

In 2004, Cleveland police showed up at Ariel Castro’s home on Seymour Avenue after Castro, a school bus driver, left behind one of his young passengers.

When no one answered, the cops left — never realizing that behind the door were two women who had vanished off the streets and would remain captive until they were rescued this week, along with a third woman missing for almost a decade.

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