A 74-year-old man was found dead in his cell at the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock Thursday, the third inmate to die in custody in the county in two weeks.
The 74-year-old man was found unresponsive in a single-occupied booking cell around 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
Corrections officers at the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility began performing lifesaving measures.
The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded and took over lifesaving measures, which were unsuccessful.
The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
The McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team was requested to conduct the investigation in accordance with state law and sheriff’s office protocol.
The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification to his next of kin.
The sheriff’s office did not say if any signs of trauma were found or if foul play is suspected.
The man’s death is the third McHenry County Jail inmate death in the past two weeks.
Sean Grendel, 51, of McHenry, died on November 21 after he was also found unresponsive in his cell at the jail.
On Sunday, an inmate being held for attempted murder after allegedly shooting a rifle at sheriff’s deputies near Harvard last year died while awaiting trial.
Randall B. Little, 59, of Harvard, had been transported to a hospital from the jail on October 20 due to his health.
Little was then transferred to a hospice care facility on November 13 and remained under guard until his death.
The sheriff’s office said Little died due to a terminal illness.