Officials at an eastern Missouri jail say a detainee used a blanket to hang himself.
The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that 71-year-old Earl Tripp of Fredericktown died Wednesday afternoon at the Madison County Jail in Fredericktown. A jailer found Tripp in his cell, hanging without a pulse. No other inmates were in the cell.
Sheriff Bobby Spain says Tripp was not considered a suicide risk. He was being held on several sodomy counts.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating. An autopsy is planned.
A man now faces four murder charges in connection to the fire in southern Illinois that left four children dead.
Police say 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski is responsible for the fatal blaze. The fire broke out just before 2 this morning in Percy.
The victims were identified as 12-year-old Ethan Owen, and his siblings 9-year-old Kailey, and 5-year-old twins Brandon and Landon. Their parents and cousin survived.
Percy is a village in a rural area with a popaulation of about 1,000 people. It is about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis.
Fans of Chesterfield, MO singer Caroline Glaser have started an online petition through Facebook to get the area teen back performing on NBC's "The Voice."
Caroline Glaser was eliminated during Wednesday night's show. Just before the audience votes were revealed, the show announced there were some discrepancies with online and text votes but claimed results were not compromised. Fans are questioning that as well as what they say was inadequate time for Coach Adam Levine to choose between Caroline or competitor Sarah Simmons. With time running out, Levine chose to save Simmons.
The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/petitions/nbc-s-the-voice-bring-caroline-glaser-back#share