LIMA — An inmate in the Allen County jail was found hanging in his cell Tuesday afternoon and pronounced dead a short time later.
The inmate, Jordan Daniel Owsley, was in a cell by himself when a correctional officer conducting a routine check found him at 2:07 p.m., Sheriff Sam Crish said Tuesday.
Owsley was taken down and emergency life saving measures administered but were unsuccessful, Crish said.
Jail staff called emergency medical personnel but they were unable to help Owsley. He was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m., Crish said.
“He used a bed sheet,” Crish said.
Owsley was booked into the jail Saturday to serve a 30-day sentence for failing to appear in court at a contempt of court hearing for not paying child support, Crish said.
Jail staff had been in contact with Owsley throughout the day in his cell on “medical lockdown” where he was housed due to a broken arm he had coming into jail, Crish said.
Inmates with broken arms and other medical issues are housed alone away from other inmates for their own protection, Crish said.
“We keep them away from the general population,” Crish said.
Owsley was not on suicide watch and gave no indication to jail staff he was suicidal or had any issue to be concerned about, Crish said.
“There was no indication he needed to be on suicide watch or he would have been,” Crish said.
Crish did not have records immediately available on how often or the last time staff had contact with Owsley. That will be included in the investigation.
Allen County Coroner Gary Beasley ordered an autopsy. Owsley’s body was sent to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office, which Allen County uses for autopsies, Crish said.
Crish contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist in the investigation, he said.
“I just wanted to contact [BCI] to assist since it occurred in our facility,” Crish said.
The entire facility was placed on lockdown after the discovery and all inmates were locked in their cells, Crish said.
“Anytime something happens it’s automatic that everybody gets locked down,” Crish said.
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