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September 4th, 2013
06:07 AM ET

Ariel Castro Found Hanged In Cell

Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years on charges of kidnap, rape and murder, is found dead Tuesday night.

The convicted man is found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.

CNN affiliate WOIO reporter Scott Taylor  calls into "Early Start" with updates.

Taylor says while Castro was on suicide watch in prison in Cleveland, being checked on every 10 minutes by guards, the situation changed when he was moved to state jail.

"He was on precautionary watch, where they don’t think an inmate will hurt themselves, but they're high profile so they  want to keep an eye on him."

Taylor says Castro was checked on at 9 p.m. and was found hanging around 9:20 p.m.

The Ohio State Police and Department of Corrections are now investigating the death.

At Castro's trial, one of the three survivors showed up in person to confront her captor.

Michelle Knight said, "I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning."

But Castro was only in prison for weeks.

Maria Castro Montes, cousin of Ariel Castro, called into "Early Start" to say she found out via text message at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning of the death.

Montes says she believes even though Castro didn't get the death sentence, the girls wanted to see him live through jail.

Though this result might end up being the best option.

"Maybe this is for the best,  I don't think they were ever going to find peace if he was still alive and in prison."

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