Deborah Jean Palfrey, better known as the "D.C. Madam," apparently has committed suicide at her mother's Tarpon Springs home.UPDATE: Here is video of the Tarpon Springs, FL Police Press Conference.
Tarpon Springs detectives said a body was found in a small storage shed on the west side of the mobile home. Handwritten notes were found that describe the victim's intention to take her life, and foul play does not appear to be involved.
Palfrey, 52, reportedly was staying with her mother Blanche.
Palfrey hanged herself in a small storage shed on her mother's property where she had been staying, according to a police statement. Palfrey's mother, 76-year-old Blanche Palfrey, found the body, police said.
"Blanche Palfrey had awoken from a nap and began to search the residence for her daughter," the statement said. "When she went outside, she noticed a three-wheel bicycle had been moved that was normally kept in the shed." The older woman then saw her daughter's body hanging from a metal beam under the shed's roof, police said.
"The mother's obviously distraught," said Tarpon Springs police Capt. Jeffrey Young. "This is the hardest part in any type of situation like this, when you have a suicide. It's all the victims that are left behind."
In an earlier statement, police said, "handwritten notes were found on scene that describes (sic) the victim's intention to take her life, and foul play does not appear to be involved."