Kane County authorities said today they are investigating the death of a Minneapolis-area man who was found unresponsive in his county jail cell on May 18 and died last week at a hospital after being removed from life support.
The dead man was identified as Keith D. Renfroe, 20, of Cottage Grove, Minn.
According to the Kane County sheriff’s department, Renfroe was found unresponsive and lying face down in his cell about 2:12 a.m. on May 19 during a regular check by jailers.
The jail staff began CPR on Renfroe and alerted paramedics, who transported him to the Delnor Hospital emergency room in Geneva, Sheriff Pat Perez said.
Renfroe was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit, and he died there May 24 after his family members decided to discontinue life support measures, authorities said.
He had been booked into the jail May 18 after Gilberts police arrested him for felony criminal trespass. Renfroe received the standard mental and physical assessment that all prisoners undergo and was assigned to a regular cell, Perez said.
A jailer reported seeing Renfroe, who was the cell’s sole occupant, standing near the toilet and sink area less than 20 minutes before he was found unresponsive, the sheriff said.
An autopsy was performed, but authorities are awaiting the return of toxicology samples before formally issuing a cause of death, Perez said. Authorities declined to release other details about the events leading to Renfroe’s death.
Citing the ongoing investigation, both Perez and Gilberts police also declined to discuss the incident that led to the arrest of Renfroe, who, according to Perez, has relatives who reside in Gilberts.
Family members could not be reached for comment.