A man charged in the alleged kidnapping of a teenage Missouri girl was found dead in his Wyandotte County jail cell Tuesday night.
The Wyandotte County sheriff’s office said the death of 23-year-old Elijah McPike appeared to be a suicide, but an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said cell checks are done every hour at the jail. McPike was last checked at 7:33 p.m. Tuesday. He was found by a deputy at 8:24 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
Kansas City, Kan., police arrested McPike Friday night and found the 15-year-old girl he allegedly kidnapped Thursday in Harrison County, Mo. Prosecutors there had charged McPike with kidnapping and violation of a protection order.
He was being held in Wyandotte County pending his extradition to Missouri.
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