Man accused of West Chester bomb threat dies in Butler County Jail of suspected suicide

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Crews investigate a suspicious device in a van in West Chester Twp. in the Walgreens parking lot on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

A Franklin man who was accused of making a bomb threat in West Chester Twp. last week died of a suspected suicide in the Butler County Jail, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner’s office will autopsy Travis Goad, said spokesman Martin Schneider. The autopsy was to be performed Monday morning, but he said the office cannot release further information at this time.

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Butler County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said an inmate apparently hanged himself to death in the jail.

“We had incident in the jail over the weekend an individual hung himself,” Dwyer told the Journal-News. “We’re conducting an investigation. He was processed at booking and eventually made it into our forensics pod and he was found kneeling or leaning and we were unsuccessful in reviving him.”

Goad, 33, of Franklin was charged with two felonies, making false alarms and inducing panic on Friday evening and was booked into the jail.

Travis Goad
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Travis Goad

Credit: Butler County Jail

Credit: Butler County Jail

Dwyer said unfortunately jail suicides are not uncommon, especially in a facility that houses 1,000 inmates.

“We do everything we can to try and prevent issues like this,” Dwyer said. “Unfortunately, if you look around the country it’s a difficult issue to manage in a correctional environment. If somebody is bent on doing that it’s almost impossible to stop.”

A large group of first responders and the Butler County bomb squad flooded the parking lot of Walgreens at Union Centre Boulevard and state Route 747 in West Chester Twp. Friday afternoon for a possible explosive device, but no bomb was found.