Police: Woman Who Ran D.C. Escort Service Kills Self

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Tarpon Springs, Fla. (AP) Police have confirmed that a woman convicted of running a high-end prostitution ring in Washington has committed suicide in a Florida gulf coast town.

Tarpon springs police say the body of 52-year-old Deborah Jeane Palfrey was found hanged in a shed near her mother's manufactured home this morning. She left a suicide note but police did not disclose its contents. Police say palfrey's mother found the body.

Palfrey was convicted April 15th by a federal jury of running a prostitution service that catered to members of Washington's political elite, including senator David Vitter, a Louisiana republican.

She had denied her escort service engaged in prostitution, saying that if any of the women engaged in sex acts for money, they did so without her knowledge.