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Richland County Jail inmate found hanging in cell

Jamie L. Holcomb died

RICHLAND COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) - Richland County jail staff found a 27-year-old woman hanging in the sleeping area of her jail cell block late Saturday night.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department said jail staff and arriving law enforcement officers used an automatic defibrillator to try to resuscitate Jamie L. Holcomb, of Whitewater. Compressions and rescue breathing was then started on Holcomb who was then transported to the Richland Hospital by Richland County ambulance, the Sheriff's Department stated.

Holcomb was then transported to the UW Hospital in Madison where she was later pronounced dead.

Richland County Sheriff Darrell Berglin said Holcomb had been an inmate in the county jail since May 21. She was booked on three felony bail jumping charges involving harassment injunction violations and additional telephone harassment and misdemeanor drug charges. Holcomb was given a $3,000 cash bond on May 27, but was unable to post it.

Sheriff Berglin said the incident is still being investigated. The state jail inspector's office has been notified of the death and will perform an evaluation of the incident, Sheriff Berglin said.

An autopsy was being performed on Holcomb on Monday.

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