Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Inmate death ruled suicide

By The Herald Staff | 6/13/2014

LYNDON — Investigators found no sign of foul play this week in the death of a 26-year-old Scranton man who was found dead June 7 in his Osage County Jail cell, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said.

An autopsy performed Sunday as part of a KBI investigation determined Justin Drew Glidewell’s cause of death was suicide, the KBI said Thursday.

LYNDON — Investigators found no sign of foul play this week in the death of a 26-year-old Scranton man who was found dead June 7 in his Osage County Jail cell, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said.

An autopsy performed Sunday as part of a KBI investigation determined Justin Drew Glidewell’s cause of death was suicide, the KBI said Thursday.

Glidewell was found dead by a jailer during a routine cell check at about 9 p.m. June 7, Mark Malick, KBI special agent, said. Glidewell was arrested June 6 on a charge of domestic battery and a probation violation, Malick said. Glidewell was booked into jail at 1:42 p.m. June 6 after he was arrested by the Carbondale Police Department, according to reports.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment and deferred all inquiries to the KBI. Malick said the KBI would not comment on how Glidewell was able to commit suicide, but that he was alone in his cell at the time of the event. The KBI investigation concurred with the autopsy report indicating suicide, Malick said.

The Osage County sheriff requested the KBI’s assistance to determine the cause of death. The KBI is required to investigate all deaths of prisoners occurring while in custody unless the cause of death is determined to be natural, by a qualified autopsy, preliminary autopsy report or death certificate or if the prisoner was regularly attended by a licensed physician, the release said.

The results of the KBI’s investigation were to be presented to the Osage County Attorney’s Office for review.

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