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Jail inmate found hanging in cell
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Jamie Holcomb, 27, of Whitewater, was found hanging in the sleeping area of her Richland County Jail cell block at 11:48 p.m. July 12. - photo by Contributed/Richland County Sheriff's Office

Richland County Sheriff Darrell Berglin reports that jail staff found Jamie Holcomb, 27, of Whitewater, hanging in the sleeping area of her jail cell block at 11:48 p.m. July 12.

According to a press release, Richland County EMS was summoned to the jail and jail staff and arriving law enforcement officers used an automatic defibrillator in an attempt to resuscitate Holcomb.

Compressions and rescue breathing was then started on Holcomb who was then transported to the Richland Hospital by Richland County ambulance.

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

Berglin said Holcomb had been an inmate in the county jail since May 21, when she was booked on three felony bail jumping charges involving harassment injunction violations and additional telephone harassment and misdemeanor drug charges.

On May 27, Holcomb appeared in circuit court and was given a $3,000 cash bond. Berglin said she was unable to post the cash bond.

The sheriff said that the investigation into the incident is continuing and that an autopsy was being performed on Holcomb Monday. Berglin said that the state jail inspector’s office has been notified of the death and that they would perform an evaluation of the incident.

According to Berglin, Holcomb had listed residential addresses of  Whitewater, Kendall, Hillsboro, and La Farge during the past two years in contacts with deputies.