Ex-officer charged in kidnapping plot found dead in jail

November 6, 2012 12:10:47 PM PST
A former Willow Springs officer charged in a kidnapping and extortion plot has died in McHenry County Jail, and officials say it was a suicide.

Gary Engel, 61, was found hanging in his cell Monday morning. He was accused of plotting with another former officer, Steven Mandell, also known as Steven Manning.

They allegedly planned to abduct, torture and dismember a businessman who was to be the extortion victim.

Federal agents had been aware of the plot and say they arrested the men just before the kidnapping was to take place.