Ohio man who held three women captive for a decade found dead in prison
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The man who held three women captive in his Cleveland home for nearly a decade before one escaped and alerted authorities has been found dead and is believed to have committed suicide, a prison official said.
Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell around 9:20pm Tuesday (9:20 am Singapore time) at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, located south of Columbus in central Ohio, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman, said early Wednesday.
Prison medical staff performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 10:50 p.m.
He was in protective custody because of the notoriety of his case, meaning he was checked every 30 minutes, but was not on suicide watch, Smith said. She said suicide watch entails constant observation.