Seminole County inmate found dead

Published 4:01 pm Wednesday, May 6, 2009

An inmate at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Jail was found dead early Wednesday morning in an apparent suicide.

Seminole County Sheriff Heath Elliott said Shaqueem Welch, 29, of Donalsonville, was found at around 6:30 a.m. in his cell, where he apparently hanged himself.

Sheriff Elliott said the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) was brought in to investigate the death.

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“We have the GBI investigating, and no foul play is suspected at this time,” said Elliott.

GBI officers interviewed the other three inmates being held in the same pod with Welch did not report hearing or witnessing the hanging, according to Elliott. The sheriff said a note was found in Welch’s cell on top of a number of court-related materials that he may have recently received.

Welch was being held on several charges, including aggravated child molestation, and has been held at the jail awaiting a court date since December 2008.

“I hate that it happened for him and his family,” said Elliott. “It’s a very unfortunate event.”