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Police: Man held captive for years in NE Houston home dies

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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There are new developments in the investigation of three men held hostage inside a northeast Houston home. Police confirmed on Tuesday that one of the victims, 79-year-old William Greenawalt, has died.

The other victims, 59-year-old Dean Cottingham and 64-year-old John Padget, have been released from the hospital into the care of adult services.

The three were found earlier this month malnourished and confined to a converted garage.

Investigators say Walter Jones was keeping them to collect their government assistance checks. Right now, he faces injury to the elderly charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

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