An inmate at the Adams County jail, who was arrested last month after 15 years on the run from charges in Ohio, committed suicide on Sunday, officials say.
David Lee Skelly, 40, was being held in lieu of $1 million bail when deputies found him unresponsive in his cell.
The county sheriff’s office said in a Tuesday news release that lifesaving efforts by guards and an ambulance crew were unsuccessful. Authorities did not say how Skelly took his life.
Skelly was arrested Feb. 26 in Westminster by police and U.S. Marshals outside his workplace, the Residence Inn, after trying to flee on foot.
Skelly was wanted by the Toledo Police Department on a 2001 warrant for eight counts of rape and sexual assault of a minor under the age of 13.
Federal authorities said over the years the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force received leads placing Skelly all over the country and in Mexico.
At one point Skelly, who was profiled on America’s Most Wanted television series several times, was presumed dead.
Skelly was also facing several charges in Adams County, including identity theft, criminal impersonation and resisting arrest, court records show.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says it offers jail inmates access to mental health professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Skelly’s suicide comes after a spate of three suicides at the jail in a short span last spring and summer. ..Source.. by Jesse Paul