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Inmate death ruled a suicide by coroner

Schowe

An Auburn man found hanging in his cell at the Allen County Jail last weekend committed suicide, the Allen County coroner ruled Wednesday.

Craig Mitchell Schowe, 46, was found about 11:20 a.m. Saturday and taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and coroner’s office.

He died Monday by asphyxia due to hanging and the manner of his death was ruled a suicide, according to the coroner.

Schowe, who according to the sheriff’s department was alone in his cell, had been facing charges of dealing a controlled substance, corrupt business influence and theft, officials said.

The case remains under investigation by Allen County police and the coroner.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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