Death at jail in Medford sparks investigation

(Information from: Mail Tribune,

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Detectives are investigating an inmate’s death by apparent suicide at the Jackson County Jail in southern Oregon.

The Mail Tribune reports 28-year-old Scott Ashbaugh was found unresponsive in his cell by a sheriff’s deputy at 10:56 p.m. Monday during a routine cell check, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy began life-saving efforts and Medford Fire-Rescue and Mercy Flights was called, but Ashbaugh was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to confirm the cause and manner of Ashbaugh’s death. He had been set for release from the jail Thursday.

Court records say Ashbaugh was serving time for a probation violation for failing to report as a sex offender and resisting arrest.

Medford police arrested him Oct. 19. He had been lodged in a cell by himself.