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Cottage Grove man's Illinois jail-related death investigated

Authorities are investigating the death of a Cottage Grove man who was found unresponsive in an Illinois jail cell.

The Kane County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday is it investigating the death of Keith D. Renfroe, 20, after he was found unresponsive in his cell and later died after being removed from life support at a Chicago-area hospital.

Renfroe was booked into the Kane County jail on May 18 for alleged felony criminal trespassing, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. A jail officer saw Renfroe standing by the sink and toilet area of his cell shortly before 2 a.m. May 19. During a check about 20 minutes later, the jail officer found Renfroe lying face down and unresponsive.

Medical staff performed CPR on him until he was transported to an area hospital emergency room less than an hour later. Renfroe was in an intensive care unit until May 24, when he was removed from life support at his family's request, the sheriff's office said.

The county coroner's office conducted an autopsy, and autopsy and toxicology results were pending. The sheriff's office is investigating the death but provided no further information.

Kane County is on the western edge of the Chicago area.

According to state court records, Renfroe's criminal record includes convictions for burglary and drunken driving in Washington and Dakota counties, respectively.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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