Austrian woman says father held her in cellar for 24 years

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By VERONIKA OLEKSYN

Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- An Austrian woman has told police that her father kept her captive in a cellar for almost 24 years.

The woman told police that her father also repeatedly raped her and that she gave birth to seven children, one of whom later died.

Franz Polzer, head of the Lower Austrian Bureau of Criminal Affairs, told reporters that the 73-year-old father had been taken into custody.

Police said the 42-year-old woman had been missing since 1984 and was found by police in the town of Amstetten on Saturday evening following a tip.