A 39-year-old female inmate died while in custody at the Knox County Jail this week, state police said.
Shauna Lee Landre, of Rockland, was found hanged in a jail bathroom on Monday, Oct. 2, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, confirmed Wednesday.
While protocol requires the Maine State Police and the state Attorney General’s office to investigate, the incident has been recorded as a suicide, Knox County Jail Administrator Maj. John Hinkley said.
McCausland said Landre was serving a six-month sentence. According to the Village Soup newspaper, she was sentenced earlier this year on a drug possession charge.
Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that the death was unexpected by county law enforcement officials.
“There was no indication or prior warning of this tragic [event] happening,” Dennison wrote.
Dennison said Landre was a “trustee,” which means she was classified as low security as a result of having no behavioral issues and was able to work around the jail grounds to reduce her sentence.
One of Landre’s family members started an online fundraising page to help pay for burial expenses.