Prison officials are confirming that Ariel Castro is dead of an apparent suicide.
Castro is the man that was serving a life prison term for kidnapping three women and repeatedly raping them in his home for nearly a decade.
According to JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman, The 53-year old was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m.Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.
Smith goes on to report that Castro was in protective custody, meaning he was checked every 30 minutes, but he was not on suicide watch, which entails constant observation.
Many remember back in May when Charles Ramsey discovered the three women Castro has separately kidnapped between 2002 and 2004.
After the girls were discovered, Castro was arrested and taken to jail, and although he had also fathered a child with Amanda Berry while she was in his captivity, a judge rejected Castro’s request to have visiting rights with his daughter.
Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape, on August 1. From there he was closely monitored at Cuyahoga County Jail, and was taken off county jail suicide watch in early June after authorities determined he was not a suicide risk.
None of the kidnapping victims have issued a statement on Castro’s death.
Source : AP