ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff says exotic animals on the loose in eastern Ohio were set free by their owner, who apparently killed himself on his farm.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said at a news conference Wednesday that investigators feel Terry Thompson died from a self-inflicted wound. Lutz says authorities are awaiting autopsy results on the cause of death.
The sheriff says it appears Thompson left the animals' gates open and even cut open their pens so they would get out. The animals included lions and bears.