One of three women who made headlines in 2013 after escaping from 10 years of captivity in a Cleveland house will be the guest speaker at a National Missing Children's Day event in Reynoldsburg.

Gina DeJesus disappeared at age 14 while walking home from school.

She and two other young women, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry, had been held captive by Ariel Castro, a school-bus driver who was the father of one of DeJesus' friends.

They escaped May 6, 2013.

Castro was charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and rape. He was sentenced to life in prison after taking a plea deal to avoid a possible death penalty.

He later hanged himself in prison.

The Reynoldsburg Youth Human Trafficking Coalition is sponsoring the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1200 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg. It also will feature local law enforcement, information from the Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

A choir of students from the district's elementary schools will perform and local law enforcement and other groups will offer fingerprinting and demonstrations on fire safety.

"We want to pause on that day and focus our attention on children who have been recovered as well as the children who are still missing," coalition director Cornelius McGrady III said.

He said National Missing Children's Day is May 25.

"Admission is free and we are extending an invitation for anyone to attend and hear our message of hope for the children that are still missing," McGrady said.

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