ALFRED, Maine — The state medical examiner’s office has determined that the death of an inmate at the York County Jail on Sunday was a suicide.
Jeffrey Noonan, 49, died after removing his shunt that had been used for his kidney dialysis, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Maine State Police detectives said Noonan had told medical officials that he planned to make such an attempt, and he was placed on suicide watch at the jail, McCausland said Monday.
Noonan was checked on at 6:12 a.m. Sunday and found dead in his cell at 6:30 a.m.
Noonan had been arrested on Thursday for failing to appear on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, Chief Deputy William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office said.
On Saturday, Noonan had been taken for medical treatment by correctional staff and returned to the jail later that day, King said. He had also been checked regularly at the jail.
Noonan was pronounced dead at the correctional facility, King said.
Jail medical personnel and Alfred fire and rescue units responded, King said.
Bangor Daily News reporter Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.