UPDATE: Identity Released of Inmate Who Committed Suicide
By Adam Hocking
Authorities have released the name of a Marshfield man who committed suicide by hanging himself at the Wood County Jail on Friday morning.
Wood County Sheriff’s Department staff responded to the incident at 2:25 a.m. Friday morning but was unsuccessful in attempting to revive Eric Casperson, according to a release from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Casperson was 32.
“One of the corrections officers was on their rounds … and had found him,” said Captain Shawn Becker of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department regarding how staff was first alerted to the incident. Becker did not know how long Casperson may have been hanging but said he was “unresponsive” when life saving measures were attempted.
Becker said that Casperson was in a cell block where inmates have access to each other, but that there was no foul play from other inmates suspected. Casperson was not on a suicide watch, Becker said.
“There was no indication that he needed to be (on a suicide watch),” Becker said. Casperson was in Wood County Jail on a probation hold, Becker said.
The incident is under investigation, and an autopsy will be performed, said the release.