MARSHALL COUNTY – A 36-year-old Plymouth man, who was an inmate in the Marshall County Jail, died by suicide in July after he hung himself in his cell.

According to Marshall County Police Department Det. and First Sgt. Jeff Snyder, at approximately 4 p.m. July 25, inmates in the Marshall County Jail notified the jail staff of a medical emergency in one of the cells located in the jail pod.

Jail officers responded and discovered Zachary Anderson, 36, Plymouth, in distress. The jail staff began to render aid and resuscitation efforts, according to Snyder. Minutes later, members of the Plymouth Police Department, Plymouth Fire Department and Marshall County police units arrived and continued the resuscitation efforts on Anderson.

Anderson was then taken to Plymouth Hospital and later transferred to Memorial Hospital. On July 27, Anderson was pronounced dead.

The Indiana State Police were asked to conduct the primary portion of the investigation of the incident, Snyder said. Preliminary reports indicate that the cause of death to be asphyxiation due to hanging, with the matter of death being ruled as a suicide.

The reports for the incident by ISP and the St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office are being sent to the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

According to court records, Anderson was convicted in Marshall Superior Court I on April 9 of dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony, and sentenced to serve 15 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.