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Inmate serving life for 7 murders commits suicide Wednesday

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An inmate who was convicted of the murders of two adults and five children in 2001 -- what police called the worst mass murder in the city's history, was found dead in his cell Wednesday evening. An inmate who was convicted of the murders of two adults and five children in 2001 -- what police called the worst mass murder in the city's history, was found dead in his cell Wednesday evening.
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An inmate who was convicted of the murders of two adults and five children in 2001 -- what Sioux City Police called the worst mass murder in the city's history -- was found dead in his cell Wednesday evening.

Officials with the Iowa State Penitentiary Clinical Care Unit said they found Adam Matthew Moss, 35, hanging from his neck by a bed sheet attached to a wall vent at around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Staff detached the sheet and determined Moss was deceased.

The Lee County Medical Examiner later confirmed the cause of death to be asphyxia due to suffocation.

An autopsy will be conducted, however, and the incident remains under investigation, officials said.

Moss was serving a life sentence from Woodbury County for seven counts of first-degree murder. His sentence began on Sept. 25, 2001.

Moss was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her five children, ages 6 to 12, as well as another man to steal his car.

The police chief in Sioux City at the time called Moss' crimes "the worst mass murder in the city's history."

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