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Murder Suspect Commits Suicide
West Midlands Police were informed by the Ministry of Justice of the death of Rimvydas Liorancas on Saturday 28 January at Woodhill Prison in Thames Valley.
Liorancas had been charged with the murders of Avtar and Carole Kolar at their homes in Handsworth Wood, earlier this month.
The police investigation into the deaths of Avtar and Carole will continue and the completed findings will now be presented to the coroner at the inquest.
A Prison Service spokesperson said this morning:
"HMP Woodhill prisoner Rimvydas Liorancas (dob 16/7/1974) was found hanging in his cell at 8.52am on Saturday 28 January. Staff attempted resuscitation and paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at 9.30am.
"As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."
The family of Carole and Avtar were informed at the earliest possible stage of the news and we are continuing to support them. The family today released the following statement:
"We were made aware of the death of Liorancas by police on Saturday. We understand the investigation into our parents' deaths will continue and the findings be presented to the coroner.
"We ask that we be left alone as we continue to grieve over the deaths of our mum and dad."
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