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Updated on May 1, 2008

DC Madam Suicide

Florida police are investigating the apparent suicide of a woman they believe to be the so-called D.C. Madam, who was found dead in the Florida mobile home of the madam's mother Thursday. D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, dubbed the "D.C. Madam," sat down for an exclusive interview last year with ABC News' Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross. (ABC News) More Photos

The madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, was recently convicted on federal charges stemming from operating a prostitution service in the Washington, D.C. area with a number of high-profile clients. She was scheduled to be sentenced July 24.

Palfrey told ABC News last year she would never return to prison, after serving time in the 1990s for other prostitution-related charges. "I sure as heck am not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, you know, four to eight years."

Local police responding to a call late Thursday morning discovered the woman's body in a storage shed to the side of the home, according to a statement released by the Tarpon Springs, Fla. Police. Hand-written notes were found nearby which "describes the victim's intention to take her life," according to the statement.

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MIAMI (AFP) - Police were Thursday investigating the apparent suicide of the woman dubbed the "DC Madam," recently convicted of running a prostitution ring with a high-end client list including US lawmakers.

A police spokesman said authorities had found the body of a woman believed to be Deborah Jeane Palfrey, in a small shed outside her mother's mobile home in the Florida town of Tarpon Springs.

"Handwritten notes were found on scene that describes the victim's intention to take her life, and foul play does not appear to be involved," said police Captain Jeffrey Young.

Palfrey's agency -- Pamela Martin and Associates -- which she insists was a legal escort service, is said to have catered to a broad cross-section of private and public sector officials, including NASA officials, several US military brass, World Bank and International Monetary Fund executives.

In 2007, conservative Lousiana Senator David Vitter apologized after being exposed as a former customer and the head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Randall Tobias, stepped down after being identified as a patron.

Palfrey was convicted last month of federal racketeering charges for running the prostitution ring, which is said to have netted more than two million dollars since it opened in 1993. She was awaiting sentencing in July.

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