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CANTON | Ryan Brunn hanged himself with sweatshirt, GBI says

DECATUR, Ga. -- Ryan Brunn, the man who confessed to killing seven-year-old Jorelys Rivera, hanged himself with a sweatshirt in his cell at the Jackson State Prison, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement emailed to 11Alive News.

RELATED | Police chief resigns in wake of Jorelys Rivera report
PHOTOS | Ryan Brunn arrested, charged in murder of Jorelys Rivera

An autopsy on Brunn's body was performed Friday at the GBI Crime Lab in DeKalb County, less than a day after Brunn was found dead in his prison cell.

"The ongoing investigation by agents from the GBI's Milledgeville Regional Office has not uncovered any evidence to indicate Brunn's death was anything other than a suicide," a GBI statement said.

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8 Ryan's restaurants closed in Georgia

ATLANTA -- Buffets Inc., owner of the Ryan's restaurant chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week. The company released its list of closures on Friday which it includes eight locations in Georgia.

Ryan's in Warner-Robins, Stockbridge and Thomasville were closed Jan. 19. On Friday, Ryan's in Martinez, Calhoun, Canton, Cartersville and Macon were shuttered.

Buffets now runs 21 Ryan's restaurants in Georgia.

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

Ryan Brunn: Protecting children from non-strangers

Ryan Brunn: Protecting children from non-strangers

ATLANTA -- Horrific details emerged this week about how confessed killer Ryan Brunn assaulted and murdered seven-year-old Jorelys Rivera.

In a courtroom confession, Brunn told a judge he lured the little girl to a vacant apartment using a picture he'd taken of her roller skate.

RELATED | Brunn pleads guilty to murder of Jorelys Rivera

Children are often warned about "stranger danger" and how to protect themselves from people they don't know, but what about the dangers of people they see regularly?

11Alive's morning team asked an expert to help parents talk to their children about protecting themselves.

CANTON | Police chief resigns in wake of Jorelys Rivera report

CANTON, Ga. - Canton Police Chief Jeff Lance has resigned from his position after an outside investigation found that police in Canton violated their own policies while investigating the disappearance of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found days later in a trash compactor at her apartment complex.

DOCUMENT | Rivera Audit Report by Louis Dekmar
VIDEO | Ryan Brunn's attorney talks to 11Alive
RELATED | Brunn confession opens doors to other molestation cases

Milton and McEachern top the Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA--The latest edition of the USA Today Super 25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta has the Milton Boys and the McEachern Girls on top.Miller Grove, Columbia, Douglas County, and Shiloh complete the boys top 5. Wesleyan, Norcross,Parkview, and Stephenson complete the Girls top 5.