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Ariel Castro Found Dead in Jail Cell

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has committed suicide at a state prison facility.

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped May 6, when one of the women broke part of a door and yelled to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested that evening.

Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.

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STATEMENT FROM THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS:


Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening (Tuesday) at 9:20 p.m. at 
the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.

He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals.  

Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures.

Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m.  

A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.

 

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