Family Claims Body Of Ohio Kidnapper Ariel Castro

Family members of Ariel Castro retrieve his body from the Franklin County Coroner's office.(Photo: odrc.gov)
Family members of Ariel Castro retrieve his body from the Franklin County Coroner's office.(Photo: odrc.gov)

A coroner says the body of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has been claimed by his family as authorities continue to investigate how a man who was perhaps Ohio’s most notorious inmate managed to commit suicide while under close supervision in prison.

Franklin County Coroner Jan Worniak says the family picked up Castro’s body Friday.

The 53-year-old Castro was a month into a life sentence for the kidnapping, rape and decade-long imprisonment of three women in his home when he committed suicide Tuesday night. The former school bus driver had been taken off suicide watch while in county jail.

Castro said in a videotaped FBI interrogation that aired on NBC’s “Today” show Friday that police missed many opportunities to capture him.

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