Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

For immediate release: Alex Murphy

Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety

January 29, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigates Inmate Death

GRUNDY COUNTY, Iowa -- On Thursday, January 28, 2016, shortly after 9 p.m., officials with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office located an inmate that was unresponsive in a cell at the Grundy County Jail.  Emergency procedures were initiated and the inmate was transported to the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, where the inmate was pronounced dead. 

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) conducted an investigation and identified the deceased as Jared Martin Slinker, 26, of Wellsburg, Iowa.  Slinker was arrested on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, on an arrest warrant for Contempt of Court regarding a child endangerment charge in Grundy County.

An autopsy was conducted at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa, on January 29, 2016, and determined the death to be suicide by hanging.  Toxicology results are still pending.  No foul play is suspected.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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