Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was found dead late Tuesday night, hanged by the neck in his jail cell, in what what the Ohio Department of Corrections is calling suicide.
A corrections official provided this statement, tweeted out by the AP:
Cleveland reporter Ed Gallek has been providing details on the late breaking story on Twitter, indicating some mystery surrounding what actually happened.
According to BuzzFeed, this is the statement provided by the Ohio Department of Corrections to the press.
Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm 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 pm. A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, the three women held captive by Castro for about a decade, were found and freed in May. Castro accepted a plea deal in July to serve a life sentence without parole, and said at his sentencing, “I’m not a monster, I’m just sick, I have an addiction.”