The Illinois State police is investigating the apparent suicide of a Jerseyville man in the Alton Jail last week. 30-year-old Ronnie K. Bowmann, of the 17000 block of Delhi Farms Rd. was found hanging in his cell just before 4pm Thursday from a makeshift noose, according to the Illinois State Police, which is now leading the investigation.
Illinois State Police Lieutenant David Bivens tells The Big Z it is standard procedure for local police departments to hand investigations of this nature to the State Police.
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Bivens says Bowman was being held on a drug warrant from St. Louis City, and had been there for about 48 hours prior to his death.