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The Grand Traverse County Jail.

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Police investigated an attempted suicide in Grand Traverse County’s jail hours after a settlement in the inmate death of Marilyn Palmer was signed.

City police — who as policy investigate every suicide or attempt in the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department-run jail — responded to the jail at 12:19 a.m. on Oct. 9. The call went out after a 34-year-old man attempted to hang himself using a suicide vest, TCPD Sgt. Matt Richmond said.

Richmond declined to share the man’s name or what sent him to jail.

More than 51 suicide attempts — and two confirmed deaths by suicide — occurred at the jail between 2011 and 2018, the Record-Eagle previously reported. Palmer, who died on Feb. 28, 2018, was one of those.

The other, Alan Halloway, died in 2017. His death yielded a $125,000 settlement from the county amid accusations jail staff failed to follow policy and procedure.

Palmer’s settlement has yet to be finalized by a probate court judge, but the $20,000 awarded by the county is to be split between attorney Jesse Williams, funeral costs and the late 36-year-old’s three children, according to a Sheriff’s Department release.

Sheriff Tom Bensley said he didn’t have further information on the incident. Jail Administrator Capt. Chris Barsheff did not immediately return a call for comment Friday morning.

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