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10-5-2011


Friends: Loss of job
led to tough times
Authorities say Dale Lindsey committed suicide in jail

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

The inmate who authorities say committed suicide inside the Platte County Detention Center has been identified.

Dale Edward Lindsey, age 30, of Parkville was found dead in the Platte County Detention Center just after midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

According to the Platte County Sheriff's Office, Lindsey committed suicide in a jail cell by hanging himself. His body was discovered by deputies during a routine inspection of the housing unit.

Joann Hicks, Lindsey's neighbor for approximately three years, in an interview with The Landmark stated that Lindsey had been laid off last year from his job as an iron worker at the Local 10.

“Up until he lost his job and struggled with finding a new one, he loved life and was always happy. Then life got tough,” Hicks said.

“I truly believe that if he didn't lose his job, this wouldn't have happened,” Hicks said. “His unemployment was running out and he wasn't getting everything paid.”

Cpt. Erik Holland, public information officer for the sheriff’s department, stated Lindsey was last seen alive at 10 p.m. on Sept. 26. Holland was unable to comment as to whether Lindsey showed signs of mental distress, but stated that Lindsey was not under any type of suicide watch.

Holland, stated that the Platte County Detention Center has a contract with a nursing program that provides nursing services for the jail's population.

“If an inmate expresses a medical issue then the nurse issues a referral to an appropriate provider,” Holland said.

The time frame required to see a physician all depends on the medical issue, but is scheduled as soon as possible, he added.

Lindsey was charged in March of this year with violating a motor vehicle financial responsibility law which carries a misdemeanor charge. Then he was charged with second degree burglary which is a class C felony on July 4.

After failing to appear in court, the Platte County Sheriff’s Department served an arrest warrant to Dale Lindsey ordered by Judge Dennis Eckold. During that time, a charge of resisting arrest was tacked on after Lindsey fled to avoid arrest. Lindsey was held in the Platte County Detention Center after failing to pay his cash-only bond.

Since Lindsey’s arrest, Michael Lungstrum, assistant public defender, requested four continuances to his scheduled hearing. Lindsey's next hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 28, the day following his death.

Lungstrum is in court this week and was not available to comment.

Lindsey was described by his neighbors as a guy with a “zest for life.” He participated annually in Bikers for Babies, enjoyed the companionship of his two dogs which he referred to as his “babies,” and enjoyed hunting.

Lindsey's dogs were recently obtained from a local animal shelter by his neighbors who now care for them.