Inmate commits suicide in Crawford County Jail

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On Dec. 21, at 1:11 p.m., Jeremy L. Schmitz, 41, Muscoda, was found deceased in his jail cell at the Crawford County Jail. 

Schmitz, who was in jail on a child support commitment, died in his cell by asphyxiating himself with his bed sheet. Schmitz was found by a cellmate who then alerted jail staff. 

Jail staff performed CPR on Schmitz until Tri State Regional EMS arrived and took over.  Schmitz was pronounced dead at the jail by coroner Joe Morovits.  

Schmitz, who had been in the jail for 14 days, never indicated to staff that he was having any issues.   

Jail staff had interacted with Schmitz throughout the day and spoke with him minutes before the incident.  According to staff, Schmitz seemed fine.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department was called in to investigate along with the assistance of the Prairie du Chien Police Department. No foul play is suspected.

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