COAL TOWNSHIP — A 21-year-old Northumberland County inmate died Saturday afternoon at Geisinger Medical Center, hours after he was found hanging in a cell at State Correctional Institution at Coal Township.
Brandon Menne, of Shamokin, was found hanging in a cell at the state prison at about 8 p.m. Friday by prison staff who rendered aid before he was taken by Lifeflight to the Danville hospital, according to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokesman Susan McNaughton.
Menne was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. Saturday.
Prior to his deaht, Northumberland County Commissioner Steve Bridy said officials were investigating it as a suspected attempted suicide. At no point did county or prison officials suspect foul play.
Menne had been brought to the state prison earlier in the day Friday and was housed with other county inmates who have been held there following the Jan. 14 fire that destroyed the nearly 140-year-old Northumberland County Prison on North Second Street.
He was assessed and evaluated for suicide risk, a protocol for all new inmates, before being placed in the housing unit, McNaughton said.
Menne had been in custody since Feb. 11 when he was brought to Snyder County Prison before being transferred to the state prison, said Bridy of the usual intake process for the county since the fire at the Sunbury jail.
He was arrested on a bench warrant for failure to comply with bail requirements related to charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
A preliminary investigation by Northumberland County Warden Bruce Kovach determined all intake procedures were followed correctly, Bridy said.
DOC officials, state prison superintendent and Kovach are working together to investigate the hanging and to prevent it from happening again, said McNaughton.
The investigation into the death is being led by state police.
This story is updated from a previous version.