The GBI will investigate the cause of Brunn’s death today. Prison officials now say Brunn was found hanged in his cell on Thursday.

BUTTS Co. Ga (WAOK)-Jackson Diagnostic and Classification Prison authorities found the body of 20 year old Ryan Brunn in his cell today dead from an apparent suicide. Brunn, the apartment groundskeeper pleaded guilty Wednesday to the molestation and murder of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera of Canton, Ga.

The little girl went missing from her River Ridge apartment complex in Canton in early December. Her body was found three days later stuffed in a trash compactor on the property of the apartment complex.

Brunn admitted he lured the little girl into an empty apartment, sexually assaulted her and then murdered her by slashing her throat with a razor and beating her in the head with a roller skate because he was afraid the girl would tell her parents she had been assaulted.

Brunn  struck a deal with prosecutors who were going to seek the death penalty in the case. He had been in prison barely 24 hours when he was found in his cell unresponsive at 4:15 p.m. Brunn was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m. The case has been referred to the GBI for further investigation.

Jorelys Rivera was buried in her home country of Puerto Rico.

More in this report from 11 Alive

  1. Ken says:

    An eye for an eye. ‘Nuff said.

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