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Accused ‘Potomac River Rapist’ found dead in jail awaiting trial for murder, police say

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A man accused of being the “Potomac River Rapist” was found dead inside a Washington, DC jail cell on Saturday while awaiting trial in a murder case, police said.

Giles Warrick was discovered hanging by a sheet in a jail cell during a routine check just before 8 a.m. and was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, FOX5 DC reported, citing DC Metropolitan Police Department officials.

Police did not release any details about the circumstances that led to Warrick’s death.

Warrick was charged with murdering one woman and sexually assaulting eight others in the Washington, DC, and Montgomery County, Maryland areas between 1991 and 1998.

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Warrick was arrested in November 2019 after investigators said they linked him to the crimes through forensic evidence and similar violent methods in each attack.
(Horry County Sheriff’s Office)

Warrick is suspected of killing 29-year-old Christine Mirzayan in the summer of 1998 as she was returning home from a cookout in Georgetown, DC. He was also charged with sexually assaulting eight other women, including an 18-year-old babysitter and two women whose children were in the home at the time of the attack. His victims were between the ages of 18 and 58, authorities said.

Police arrested Warrick in South Carolina in November 2019 after investigators said they linked him to the crimes through forensic evidence and similar violent methods in each attack.

Warrick was scheduled to stand trial for Mirzayan’s murder on November 29.

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An investigation into Warrick’s death is ongoing.

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