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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In a First Coast News exclusive, we have heard from the ex-daughter-in-law of Ariel Castro, one of the suspects accused of holding three women captive in Cleveland, Ohio.
"It makes me want to cry and vomit because to think if somebody was there during that time frame, I just feel so bad," said Monica.
Monica, whose last name we are not releasing, said there was no indication of any foul play when she visited Castro's Cleveland home.
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It was a quick visit. She sat in the dining room, but did not walk through the rest of the home.
"My heart hurts to think they were trapped so close," said Monica.
Monica was married to Ariel Anthony Castro, the son of Ariel Castro, one of the three Castro brothers now suspects in the case.
Monica said she and ex-husband Ariel Anthony Castro lived in Indiana.
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Ariel Anthony Castro was not close to his father, and Monica said she wasn't either.
"We weren't close or anything like that. I encountered him, we met at family gatherings because I was married to his son but his daughters were very fond of him."
In a twist in the case, Monica said one of Ariel Castro's daughters was close friends to Gina DeJesus, one of the three missing women found Monday.
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She said the family was distraught over the news. Ariel Anthony Castro even got involved in the search and wrote an article in a university paper about the disappearance of DeJesus.
"I can remember traveling and seeing bags on the side of the road and hoping it wasn't Gina and being tempted to stop and things like that and different efforts the family had made to find her."
Monica and Ariel Anthony Castro divorced in 2006 and said she can't imagine what it would be like to go through this case still married into the family.
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