Port Angeles: Independent inquest considered in jail death

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Shea said Thursday he will likely call for an independent investigation of the apparent suicide of a 19-year-old Clallam County jail inmate.

Miles Eli Schulmeister, of West 10th Street, Port Angeles, apparently strangled himself Tuesday using a sheet from the bed in his jail cell.

Schulmeister was under a 72-hour hold after being arrested Monday for strong-arm rape and delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.

Schulmeister’s apparent suicide is the second by an inmate at the jail since March.

Shea, who also serves as county coroner, said he may call on the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office to perform a modified inquest to resolve any public concern, though he said he did not consider the case suspicious.

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