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Richland County officials investigate jail death


RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. (WXOW) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of an female jail inmate.  Jamie Holcomb, 27, from Whitewater was found shortly before midnight Saturday by jail staff hanging in her jail cell said Sheriff Darrell Berglin.  Berglin said a medical team attempted to resuscitate Holcomb.  She was transported to the UW Hospital in Madison where she was pronounced dead.

Berglin said Jamie Holcomb had been an inmate in the county jail since May 21 when she was booked on three felony bail jumping charges involving a harassment injunction violations and additional telephone harassment and misdemeanor drug charges. On May 27, Holcomb appeared in circuit court and was given a $3,000 cash bond. Berglin said she was unable to post the cash bond.

The sheriff said the investigation into the incident is continuing and that an autopsy was being performed on Holcomb Monday. Berglin said that the state jail inspector’s office has been notified of the death and that they would perform an evaluation of the incident.

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