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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
April 1, 2002
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Inmate Commits Suicide
at Hardee CI

Bowling Green, FLA - Inmate John Crutchley (DC# 103067/DOB: 10-01-46) committed suicide Saturday morning at Hardee Correctional Institution.

Inmate Crutchley was found sitting in his cell at approximately 12:05 am with a plastic bag wrapped around his head. Prison medical staff and emergency medical personnel unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at the prison at 12:43 am.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), with the assistance of the DOC inspector general, is investigating the death. FDLE's involvement is mandated by the 1999 memorandum of understanding between the two agencies regarding the investigation of inmate suicides, homicides and other serious incidents.

Crutchley was serving a sentence of life for kidnapping out of Brevard County. Further information is available on our website under the inmate release information search.