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Kendall County Coroner Jacquie Purcell says a coroner's inquest and jury is expected for transparency purposes after an inmate was found deceased in the Kendall County Jail on Tuesday. 

Thirty-one-year-old Sean Hannon of Claridge Dr. in Joliet is the deceased.

Kendall County Sheriff's Office officials say that he was found unresponsive on his bunk with a bed sheet tied to his neck.

Coroner Purcell told WSPY that preliminary investigation indicates the death was self-inflicted. 

However, Purcell says, "death in custody, in my opinion, should always be presented to a jury" to, "maintain transparency and to protect local agencies from any appearances of impropriety."  

A correctional deputy found Hannon during a safety check, early Tuesday morning and lifesaving measures were immediately initiated by deputies while Bristol/Kendall Fire was summoned to the sheriff’s office.

Officials say that upon arrival of the paramedics, they took over lifesaving efforts in an attempt to revive Hannon, however they were unsuccessful.

At approximately 12:49 a.m., he was pronounced deceased.

Hannon had been booked into the Kendall County Jail on Friday on various controlled substance possession charges and had been arrested by the Will County Cooperative Police Assistance Team. He was scheduled for release next Monday.

The sheriff's office says they are continuing to investigate the incident alongside the Kendall County Coroner's Office.

Coroner Purcell says an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. The coroner's jury will determine the official manner of death. 

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