‘‘They were like hostages in their own house,’’ she said.
A musician who often practiced at Castro’s house said he was there last week and heard noises ‘‘like banging on the wall.’’ Ricky Sanchez said he asked Castro about it and Castro blamed it on dogs. He also said Castro, a bass guitarist in merengue and salsa bands, liked to play his music loud.
On his most recent visit, Sanchez said, a little girl came out from the kitchen and stared at him but didn’t say anything. He said he also noticed there were four or five locks on the outside door.
‘‘When I was about to leave, I tried to open the door. I couldn’t even, because there were so many locks in there,’’ he said.
Dozens of area residents gathered Thursday night at a church half a block from the house where the women were found. They received briefings on ways to help the women and applauded the police for their handling of their disappearances.
Associated Press writers Meghan Barr, Mike Householder and freelance reporter John Coyne in Cleveland; Brendan Farrington in Florida; and Dan Sewell in Cincinnati contributed to this report.