MARION COUNTY — The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation has taken over an investigation into a January 15 incident at the Marion County Jail that sent a 25-year-old male inmate to the hospital.
According to Marion County Sheriff Kevin Cripps, on that Sunday, a correctional officer in the jail noticed inmate Austin Witthaus in medical distress and correctional officers began administering life-saving measures while calling an ambulance to the scene.
EMTs then took over and Witthaus was taken by ambulance to Salem Township Hospital but was later flown to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois and was released from custody.
The sheriff’s department conducted a preliminary investigation that reportedly showed foul play was not involved. However, the sheriff called in ISP to take over the investigation.
No details have been made available regarding what kind of physical trauma took Witthaus’ life.