GBI: Ryan Brunn hanged self with sweatshirt

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Ryan Brunn pleaded guilty to killing a 7-year-old Canton girl. Phil Skinner pskinner@ajc.com

DECATUR, Ga.,None - According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, child killer Ryan Brunn died by hanging himself in his jail cell on Thursday.

The GBI issued a news release Friday afternoon following the completion of Brunn’s autopsy.

“The result of the autopsy today on Ryan Brunn have determined the cause of death as ligature hanging and the manner of death as suicide,” the GBI said.

The GBI went on to say that they have no indication that Brunn’s death was a result of anything but suicide.



The medical examiner said there was no significant trauma to Brunn’s body.

A Georgia Department of Corrections spokesman said Brunn was found unresponsive in his cell at 4:15 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital an hour later.

Brunn was charged with the Dec. 2 killing of Jorelys Rivera at the Canton apartment complex where she lived. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to various charges, including murder and child molestation, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

According the DOC, Brunn had been held at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson since Tuesday evening, where he was interviewed by mental health staff on Wednesday.

The GBI is continuing to investigate the incident.

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