COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 4, 2013) -- Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro, the man who held three women captive in his home for around a decade, has committed suicide at a state prison facility.
A spokeswoman says Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.
Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A coroner said an autopsy that was performed early Wednesday showed the death was a suicide by hanging.
She said toxicology tests still would be completed in the coming weeks.
The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped May 6, when one of the women broke part of a door and yelled to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested that evening.
Castro was sentenced Sept. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.