Coroner: Whiteside County Jail inmate hanged himself

Michael Kinison
Michael Kinison

MORRISON – A 50-year-old Whiteside County jail inmate found unresponsive in his cell Monday hanged himself, Coroner Joe McDonald said Friday.

Michael Kinison, of Sterling, was found during a routine check at 7 p.m. Monday. Whiteside County sheriff's deputies and Morrison Fire Department provided medical assistance, to no avail.

An investigation into the events surrounding his death continues, Sgt. Charles Davidson of the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation said in an email

The ISP investigates other law enforcement agencies when the need arises.

Kinison was charged with arson and was being held on $25,000 bond; investigators say he set fire to a garage in Rock Falls on July 17.