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A representative of Castro’s family was expected to claim his body Thursday, the Franklin County coroner said.

Castro was sentenced Aug. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping and rape, in a deal to avoid the death penalty. “I’m not a monster. I’m sick,” he told the judge at sentencing.

Castro’s captives — Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight — disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004. They were rescued from Castro’s run-down house May 6 when Berry broke through a screen door.

Investigators said the women were bound, repeatedly raped and deprived of food and bathroom facilities.