Castro’s Family to Claim Body Thursday


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CLEVELAND — The family of Ariel Castro planned to claim his body Thursday afternoon, the Franklin County Coroner’s Office confirmed to Fox 8 News.

The convicted rapist and kidnapper was found hanged in his single-bunk cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio Tuesday.

Castro, 53, admitted to abducting three girls from a Cleveland west side neighborhood.

He held them captive in his Seymour Avenue home for about a decade, during which time her repeatedly raped and tortured them.

Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped in May.

On Aug. 1, Castro was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 1,000 years.

He used a standard-issued sheet to take his own life.

The coroner’s office would not confirm which family member will take possession of Castro’s body.

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