Vernon County will investigate possible suicide at jail
The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department will lead the investigation into the possible suicide at the Monroe County Jail Dec. 18.
The investigation has been turned over to the neighboring county sheriff’s department, and authorities are awaiting an autopsy report to determine the official cause of death of Jennifer Smith, 51.
Smith was found unresponsive in her cell shortly after a bond hearing on Dec. 18 for charges of multiple offense drunken driving, resisting an officer, operating after revocation and unauthorized use of another person’s ID. A $15,000 cash bond had been ordered.