The homicide suspect who hanged himself early this morning at the Crawford County jail in Saegertown left no suicide note behind, according to authorities.

Dustin Halsaver, 34, was discovered hanging in his cell just after midnight Thursday by a jail guard, according to Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville and Scott Schell, Crawford County coroner.

Halsaver used a bed sheet to hang himself from the upper bunk in the cell, Schell said.

"He gave no indication whatsoever he was trying to harm himself," Warden Tim Lewis told the Tribune this morning.

A search of the cell found no suicide note was left by Halsaver, according to both Lewis and Schell.

Halsaver, who had been an inmate at the Crawford County jail since Oct. 14, 2015, was not under a suicide watch, Lewis said.

Lewis said all inmates are evaluated by onsite medical staff when they arrive at the jail. Inmates also may receive mental health and abuse counseling while in jail, Lewis said.

Halsaver was charged with the September 2015 killing of Kenneth Halsaver Jr., who was Halsaver's father.

A jail guard had checked on Halsaver at 11:34 p.m. Thursday and found no problems, both Schell and Lewis, said. 

However, when a check was made at 12:05 a.m. today, Halsaver was found to have hanged himself, Lewis said.

Halsaver was given immediate medical attention at the scene by jail staff and taken to Meadville Medical Center by ambulance, Lewis said.

Halsaver was pronounced dead at the hospital after attempts to revive him in the hospital's emergency room failed, Schell said.

Halsaver was scheduled to stand trial on homicide and other charges during the May criminal term of Crawford County Court of Common Pleas. State police allege Halsaver shot his father at the elder Halsaver's home near Townville in September 2015.

See Saturday's print edition of The Meadville Tribune or check later with for additional details.


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