TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The man accused of kidnapping his estranged wife and killing his mother-in-law was found dead in his Pima County jail cell early Wednesday, May 16.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department said Norman Schrank III committed suicide.
Schrank was facing charges of first-degree murder, concealing a body, kidnapping, second-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment, aggravated assault and vulnerable adult abuse.
Authorities said Schrank kidnapped his wife Jeni McClurg and her mother Sachiko McClurg from a home in the 3900 block of South Amber Rock Avenue on Tuesday, May 1. Jeni McClurg is legally blind and has a terminal illness, according to court documents.
Jeni McClurg, 41, and Schrank, 43, were found in Pine, AZ, on Thursday, May 3. Sheriff's deputies were called for a welfare check at a home in the 6600 block of Bradshaw Drive. Court documents say Schrank does not own the home and that he allegedly entered it without the owner's permission.
Jeni McClurg was found with Schrank, but she does not know where her mother is. McClurg was treated for injuries of an undisclosed nature. She told the deputies that she had been held against her will for more than a day. She said Schrank allegedly kidnapped her from her Tucson home, handcuffed her and bound her feet with zip ties.
The 65-year-old Sachiko McClurg is still missing and the PCSD said foul play is suspected.