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February 10, 2016

Loskarn Found in Basement After Suicide, Authorities Say (Updated) (Video)

Updated 12:57 p.m. | Former Senate staffer Jesse Ryan Loskarn was found dead Thursday in Sykesville, Md., after he committed suicide, according to local authorities.

Loskarn, the former chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was residing with his parents after being released into their custody following an arrest on child pornography charges. The deadline to bring an indictment against Loskarn, originally scheduled for this month, was delayed until Feb. 10.

“At approximately 12pm yesterday, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a private residence in the 6900 block of Kenmar Lane for a report of an unconscious male, believed to be deceased,” the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Friday. “Family members reported finding 35 year old Jesse Ryan Loskarn unresponsive in his basement where he’d been residing with family since this past December. The preliminary investigation indicates that Loskarn may have taken his own life, and his body has since been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for Autopsy.

Alexander’s office released a statement that said: “For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end.”

The sheriff’s office said the case remains under investigation. The Maryland State Medical Examiner confirmed hanging was the cause of death, which has been ruled a suicide. A source who knew Loskarn said a family friend had been reaching out with the news. News of the apparent suicide was first reported by The Tennessean and Politico.

Abby Livingston, Meredith Shiner and Hannah Hess contributed to this report.

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