“Ariel Castro’s family ready to claim his body”


By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor

The family of kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, who hung himself with a bedsheet in an Ohio prison, is set to claim his body, officials said Thursday.

The Franklin County coroner, Dr. Jan Gorniak, said that after some paperwork is processed, the body will be released to a funeral home Thursday evening or Friday morning.

It was unknown whether relatives plan to bury or cremate Castro, whose death is now under investigation by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Gary Mohr, director of the agency, said one review will look at the suicide itself while the other will assess Castro’s circumstances and care in the days leading to his death, The Associated Press reported.