Inmate Found Dead in Preble County Jail

Jack Eaton / Courtesy: Preble County Sheriff's Office

EATON, Ohio (WDTN) – An investigation is underway after an inmate was found dead in the Preble County Jail. The inmate, identified as Jack Eaton, 53, was found Sunday morning, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said Eaton was booked and placed in a cell at approximately 1:30 a.m. Staff conducted routine checks throughout the night and found nothing unusual, according to a news release. During breakfast, at approximately 5:24 a.m., corrections staff found Eaton unresponsive on his bunk. Officials said Eaton Fire & EMS was immediately called and responded to the jail, where the inmate was pronounced dead.

Eaton’s body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy will be performed on Monday. The cause of death remains under investigation.

According to the release, Eaton was arrested by Eaton Police at 10:28 p.m. Saturday for possession of heroin and drug abuse instruments. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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