NEW PHILADELPHIA — Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s officers are investigating the death Thursday of Megan Marie Larrick, 21, an inmate in the county jail.
Larrick listed an apartment on Saint Clair Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, as her address, but she also had indicated that she recently had been staying in Cambridge.
"There are no obvious signs that this was a suicide attempt," Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell told The Times-Reporter on Thursday night.
"The next of kin has been notified and officers have learned that Ms. Larrick has battled with addiction," he said. "However, at this time it is unknown if that has anything to do with her death.
"The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Tuscarawas County Coroner’s Office. No further information can be released at this time, pending further investigation."
Larrick was brought into the jail about 12:15 a.m. Thursday by New Philadelphia Police on a warrant for failure to appear issued from New Philadelphia Municipal Court.
Preliminary information indicates that Larrick was arrested by Cambridge Police on Wednesday evening and taken to the Guernsey County Jail in Cambridge. She was there until about 11:17 p.m. when she was picked up by New Philadelphia Police, who drove her to the Tuscarawas County Jail, arriving about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. New Philadelphia police told sheriff's officers that Larrick was "alert and talkative, conducting a conversation with the transporting New Philadelphia Police officer during the entire drive from Cambridge to the Tuscarawas County Jail" in New Philadelphia.
Larrick "reportedly slept through much of the morning, but refused breakfast when contacted by a jail corrections officer," Campbell said.
She was "last noted moving during the early afternoon. When (Larrick) was given her dinner tray shortly after 5 p.m. A corrections officer went into her cell to wake her and found her to be unresponsive. Jail personnel attempted life-saving measures but determined she was deceased. During the same time, jail personnel summoned the New Philadelphia Fire Department," Campbell said, elaborating to The Times-Reporter about details in a news release.
The death is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Detective Bureau as well as the Tuscarawas County Coroner. County Coroner Dr. Jeff Cameron has ordered a full autopsy and toxicology to be conducted by the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, whose personnel now conduct Tuscarawas County autopsies.
Campbell said that Larrick was arrested on a charge of criminal damaging Feb. 20 after she intentionally drove her car through the garage door at her mother's New Philadelphia area home about 9:12 p.m.
Larrick later was released from Tuscarawas County Jail, but she did not fulfill the terms of her community control sanctions and failed to appear for discussion regarding that matter. An arrest warrant was issued April 26 from New Philadelphia Municipal Court, which resulted in her arrest Wednesday in Cambridge.
Lee Morrison is a staff reporter for The Times-Reporter.