Ohio man who held 3 women captive found hanged

  • Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 9:05 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 9:06 a.m.
Ariel Castro stands before a judge during his arraignment on an expanded 977-count indictment in Cleveland. Castro, who held 3 women captive for a decade, has committed suicide, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP FILE PHOTO)
Ariel Castro stands before a judge during his arraignment on an expanded 977-count indictment in Cleveland. Castro, who held 3 women captive for a decade, has committed suicide, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP FILE PHOTO)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Preliminary autopsy results confirm the Cleveland man convicted of holding three women captive at his home for about a decade hanged himself in prison.

Officials say 53-year-old Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, in central Ohio. Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


The Franklin County coroner says an autopsy done early Wednesday showed it was a suicide, and the cause of death was hanging. She said toxicology tests still would be completed in the coming weeks.

A prisons spokeswoman says Castro was in protective custody because of the notoriety of his case, meaning he was checked every 30 minutes. But he was not on suicide watch.

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