WEST STEWARTSTOWN — An inmate found hanging in his cell at the Coos County House of Correction Saturday died just days after his 20-year-old daughter was found dead from an overdose.
Charles Merrow, 43, of Lancaster was being held at the House of Correction on a preventive detention order issued May 26 by Coos County Superior Court Justice David Ruoff.
A release issued by the Coos County Department of Corrections said Merrow was discovered hanging in a cell at the West Stewartstown facility just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30.
Correctional officers began emergency treatment and continued for nine minutes until emergency responders from 45th Parallel EMS and Beecher Falls, Vt., Fire Department took over.
They continued to try to resuscitate Merrow, but to no avail. At 9:02 p.m, Merrow was pronounced dead.
An autopsy has been ordered.
Coos County Commissioner Paul Grenier had no comment on the hanging other than to say N.H. State Police are in charge of the investigation, along with Coos County Corrections.
The order, which was obtained by the Whitefield Police Department, said Merrow was placed in protective detention because he was charged with breaking into a residence at night “with the purpose to criminally threaten someone, attacking that person with a deadly weapon, the theft of a firearm, and his extensive criminal record demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence his release will endanger the safety of the public.”
The obituary for Camille Shakti Merrow, also of Lancaster, said she died May 20. She was a graduate of the Davenport Charter School in Jefferson. Her obituary said she was vibrant and adventurous and loved music and horses.
Along with her father, family members were listed as mother Theresa Wheeler; siblings, Vyola, Killian, Dahlia, Jade, and Freya; her paternal grandmother Lorraine Merrow; her maternal grandmother Caren Kelley; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.