Sexual Assault Suspect Commits Suicide At Washington County Jail

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — An inmate at the Washington County Detention Center committed suicide Thursday (July 28), according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Mickey Gene Wolfe, Jr., 42, of Wesley was last seen alive around 1:15 a.m. and jail personnel found him hanging from the bed railing in his cell approximately an hour later, the sheriff’s office said.

Wolfe, who was in a cell by himself, had tied a towel together to fashion a noose and then took his own life by hanging himself from the upper bed railing, according to the sheriff’s office.

Wolfe was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

He was being held at the detention center on five counts of first-degree sexual assault in Madison County. Court records show Wolfe had engaged in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with persons under the age of 14 in September 2015 and had also engaged in sexual intercourse or deviated sexual activity by forcible compulsion in January 2016.

The sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation to ensure polices and procedures were followed by personnel. Wolfe’s body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab.