Jail inmate dies after suicide attempt

ELLSWORTH — A Bangor woman who had been incarcerated at the Hancock County Jail has succumbed to injuries she sustained while trying to commit suicide at the jail, according to Sheriff Scott Kane.

Kane confirmed that Monica Johnson, 38, died Oct. 4 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Johnson injured herself Saturday, Sept. 29, while in her cell, according to Kane.

The sheriff said procedure dictates that the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit is to investigate inmate deaths. A copy of the unit’s report will go to the sheriff and the Maine Department of Corrections.

“Right now we feel we did everything by our policy,” Kane said.

Johnson had been arrested Sept. 21 on charges of drug possession and violating conditions of her release.

Johnson was one of five people arrested in a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency bust at residences in Bucksport and Orland on Sept. 21, according to police.


How to get help

If you or anyone you know is battling depression or has had suicidal thoughts, there are resources to help:

Maine Crisis Hotline: 1-888-568-1112

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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