1 of 3 elderly men held captive in Texas home dies


| Zoom

HOUSTON (AP) - One of three men found malnourished and held against their will in a dungeon-like garage of a Houston house has died.

A Houston police statement Tuesday says 79-year-old William Merle Greenawalt died Thursday. Two other former captives, 59-year-old Dean Cottingham and 64-year-old John Edward Padget, are out of the hospital and in the care of Adult Protective Services.

Walter Renard Jones was arrested at the scene July 19, when the men were found. The 31-year-old Houston man remains jailed on two counts of injury to the elderly with serious bodily injury. A message left with his attorney wasn't returned.

Police say the men told investigators they were forced to live in the garage so their captor could cash their assistance checks.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Placing Blame
    Jason Rantz says it's the Seattle DOT that's to blame for our awful commutes

  • Spider Season
    Just in time for Halloween, western Washington spider season in full effect

  • Seattle Drivers
    10 reasons we know you're a Seattle driver
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.