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Suicide in Ottawa Co. Jail Investigated

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Scott Meirs (photo courtesy Ottawa Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Scott Meirs (photo courtesy Ottawa Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Ottawa Co. Sheriff's Lt. Ste... (Download MP3)

WEST OLIVE, MI (WHTC) - A 50-year-old Spring Lake Township man, jailed on home invasion charges, has taken his own life. According to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Steve Kempker, Scott Meirs had been behind bars since August 4th on 25 thousand dollars bond when he took matters into his own hands around 2 AM last Friday morning. Deputies found him unconscious after he tried to suffocate himself with bedding from his cell and immediately administered CPR. Meirs was taken to Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, where he succumbed yesterday to injuries suffered in his suicide attempt. An autopsy to determine a cause of death is being conducted today at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital. The incident remains under investigation.

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