A 33-year-old Prunedale man arrested earlier this year on suspicion of murdering his wife was found hanged in his cell in county jail in Salinas early Saturday morning, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.
At about 3 a.m., Jesse Crow was found hanging by a makeshift rope by sheriff's deputies making hourly bed checks. Crow was taken to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff's office.
Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Kaiser said no other information about the death will be available until an autopsy is conducted.
Crow was arrested on Feb. 16 for the murder of his wife, Ryann Bunnell Crow, 23, who went missing on Jan. 30, Salinas police said.
Her bones were found on May 25 when a man looking for marine life on the Hayward shoreline on the southwest edge of the city's limits came across a human bone. Police responded and found bones scattered over 200 to 300 yards of shoreline south of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. DNA testing later confirmed the bones were hers.
Police said it appears the couple had an on-again, off-again relationship. Ryann had recently left Crow prior to her disappearance and was staying with her parents in Salinas.
Crow's death occurred while he was in county jail awaiting a Sept. 16 preliminary hearing in the murder trial.