Pend Oreille County Jail Inmate Dies in Cell


Aug. 6 – A 57-year-old inmate from the Pend Oreille County Jail was found unresponsive in his cell on Wednesday and corrections and medical personnel were unable to resuscitate him, according to the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office.

Franz Kroll, of Newport, was the sole occupant of the cell when he was found, according to a sheriff’s press release. The cause and manner of Kroll’s death is under investigation.

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The sheriff’s office said the Newport Police Department is investigating the death. Police were not immediately available for comment.


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