FRANKLIN — An inmate's death at the Venango County Jail in Franklin Friday night has been ruled a suicide by the Venango County Coroner’s Office.
Scott E. Strawbridge, 42, of Franklin died in a cell at the jail around 8:30 p.m. Friday, Christina Rugh, Venango County coroner said today.
Franklin Police Department is investigating the cause of death, a Franklin Police Department dispatcher confirmed to The Meadville Tribune this afternoon.
However, additional details surrounding Strawbridge's death weren’t available this afternoon, the dispatcher said.
Rugh ruled Strawbridge’s death a suicide and confirmed there were ligature marks on Strawbridge’s neck.
Ligature marks are marks made by cord, rope or other material in a strangulation.
No autopsy is scheduled and the investigation is continuing Rugh told the Tribune.
Strawbridge had been held in the Venango County Jail since his arrest Thursday on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab, assault and other counts, according to online court records.
Strawbridge was arrested Thursday by Franklin Police Department on two counts each of simple assault and possession of a controlled substance; one count each of terroristic threats, operating a methamphetamine lab, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of chemical precursors, depositing chemical waste and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Strawbridge was arraigned on those charges at 9:05 p.m. Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland, according to online court records.
Following arraignment, Strawbridge was placed in the Venango County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bond, according to online court records.
A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for Nov. 29 before Magisterial District Judge Kirtland.