Juvenile commits suicide

Published 4:11 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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On Mon., Aug. 31, around 8:19 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a deceased juvenile on Ard Creek Road in the Police Jurisdiction of the Town of River Falls.

Deputies located a fifteen-year-old white male deceased inside his residence. Officials from the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, along with River Falls Police Chief Kyle Adams responded to the scene. Chief Adams, with the assistance of Covington County Investigator Al McGraw, handled the investigation. It was determined that the unidentified juvenile’s manner of death was suicide. The investigation yielded possible motives for suicide; however, bullying is not suspected.


At this time, the River Falls Police Department would like to remind parents and youth of a valuable resource for suicide prevention. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Chief Adams would like for teens to remember that the feeling of hopelessness can be overcome: Family conflict, relationships, grades, sexual identity, and the loss of important people can seem impossible to deal with. But with support from others, you can.  Ask for help: Do not be afraid to let your friends, family, or teachers know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline telephone number is 1-800-273-8255.


The River Falls Police Department extends our deepest sympathies to the deceased’s family. Additionally, the River Falls Police Department would like to thank the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, Covington County Coroner Norman Hobson, and the Loango Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance during this investigation.