Multistate suicide assistance probe includes Ohio

ATLANTA (AP) - Four members of an alleged assisted suicide ring have been charged with helping a 58-year-old Georgia man end his life. Investigators in Ohio and seven other states are looking into whether the group has been involved in more deaths.

The FBI is also probing the Final Exit Network, an organization whose Web site said it is "dedicated to serving people who are suffering from an intolerable condition." The group's vice president says it supports those with irreversible illnesses who choose to end their lives.

According to a news release from authorities in Arizona, investigators today raided the homes of the group's volunteers in Ohio and six other states, a group office in Georgia and a company in Montana that authorities said supplied items used in suicides.

Source: Associated Press