Inmate at LaSalle County Jail found Hanged

LaSalle County Governmental Complex – Studstill Media Photo

OTTAWA – An inmate facing drug and weapons charges has died after being found hanging in his cell Tuesday, in what authorities describe as a suicide attempt.  Around 2 PM jail staff during a check discovered the incident and began life saving measures on 45-year-old Christopher K. Cunico.  The Ottawa man was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.   The incident is under investigation by the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, LaSalle County Coroner’s Office, and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.   Authorities say based on the preliminary investigation foul play is not suspected.