Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Found Dead, Hanging In Jail Cell
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was found dead hanging in his jail cell on Tuesday night. According to KTLA, medics attempted to resuscitate Castro upon finding him but attempts were unsuccessful. Last month, Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for the abductions of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus.
The Ohio Department of Corrections issued a statement on the incident.
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.
Castro was 52 years old.