Authorities investigating after woman dies in Crow Wing County Jail

UPDATE 9/25/23 – Authorities have identified the woman who was found dead in a Crow Wing County Jail cell on Saturday.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office says 54-year-old Shannon Lee Cook died at 9:19 a.m. after she was found unresponsive in her bunk about 30 minutes prior.

Corrections staff, as well as ambulance personnel, gave life-saving measures.

Cook’s death is being investigated by the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, and an autopsy has been done by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner. Currently, toxicology results are still pending from the autopsy.

Foul play isn’t currently suspected.

A previous version of this report can be found below.

INITIAL REPORT 9/23/23 – Authorities are investigating after a woman died in Crow Wing County Jail Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a 54-year-old woman being found unresponsive in her bunk around 8:49 a.m. Despite first aid from both corrections staff and North Ambulance personnel, she was pronounced deceased at 9:19 a.m.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, which is routine for in-custody deaths, authorities said.

No foul play is suspected at this time, and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy.

The woman was a border from Beltrami County.