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Sheriff’s office investigating death of woman found hanged at jail

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – Investigators with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to look into the death of South Elgin woman found hanged late last week at the county jail.

Sheriff’s police identified the woman as Terry Hart, 52, of the 600 block of Woodland Drive, South Elgin.

The woman had been in custody since July 31 at the Kane County Adult Justice Center near the corner of Route 38 and Peck Road in St. Charles while she was awaiting sentencing for convictions on charges of aggravated battery and resisting arrest.

She was convicted Aug. 13, and a Kane County judge revoked her bond.

Kane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Chris Collins said detectives investigating the death have yet to submit reports, so he declined to discuss details concerning the death, such as what was used to hang the woman.

He also declined to indicate whether investigators consider the death to be suicide. However, Collins said the sheriff’s office does not consider the death to be “suspicious.”

At about 1:45 p.m. Friday, Hart was discovered hanged in her cell.

Correctional officers performed CPR, according to the sheriff’s office statement, and Hart was taken by ambulance to Delnor Hospital in Geneva where she was pronounced dead more than three hours later.

“Our condolences go out to the family,” Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez said. “It’s a terrible thing whenever something like this happens.”

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said a forensic pathologist hired by his office conducted an autopsy Friday.

He said official reports from the autopsy are not expected for another two weeks. Russell said he will decide how to classify the death at that time.

If ruled a suicide, the death would mark the second suicide at the jail in the past 16 months. In May 2012, inmate Keith Renfroe, 20, of Cottage Grove, Minn., used a shirt to strangle himself, according to the official incident report from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

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