Michelle Knight, Cleveland kidnapping survivor, thanks police


CLEVELAND - Michelle Knight, who was held captive for more than a decade, wrote a thank you to the Cleveland Division of Police Second District.

Knight went missing in 2002 and was found inside Ariel Castro's house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland on May 6. Since then, more than $1.3 million has been donated to the Cleveland Courage Fund, which benefits Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, and many people dropped off items at the second district police station.

"Dear Commander (Keith) Sulzer, officers and staff,

"You don't know how much I appreciate all your time and work collecting cards and gifts from people for me and the other girls. I am overwhelmed by the amount of thoughts, love and prayers expressed by complete strangers. It is comforting. Life is tough, but I'm tougher! ‘Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly. Thanks! God bless you.

"Michelle Knight"

Just last week, Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder. He will be sentenced Thursday .

Sulzer spoke to NewsChannel5 about the plea deal, and how the victims and the city can heal.

"I think it's the best thing for the community. I think what people don't realize is the appeals cost millions of millions of dollars and this could go on for who knows how long. And I think we need to get this over with. We need to put it to bed and get on with making things better in the city," Sulzer said.

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