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Nov 19, 2020

Leonardo Man Charged with Attempted Murder Found Hanging in Jail Cell

The Middletown man who was charged earlier in the week with attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend’s family has been found dead in his Monmouth County jail cell, according to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

Ryan D. Elliott, 30, of Leonardo, had been charged with attempted murder after the cutting gas line to a Pennsylvania familyโ€™s home while they were asleep inside, according to Chester County Police. Five family members were home at the time of the incident.

NJ 101.5 and the Asbury Park Press first reported that Elliott was found hanging from a bedsheet at approximately 4:30 am today, according to Cynthia Scott, a spokeswoman for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office..

Elliott had been arrested Friday by the U.S. Marshal Service, New Jersey State Police and Middletown Township officers.

He had been charged with five counts of attempted murder, along with aggravated assault, burglary, arson and recklessly endangering another person.