Inmate found dead in McHenry County jail is identified

McHenry man was found dead in his cell Tuesday morning

A 51-year-old man found dead at the McHenry County jail Tuesday has been identified as Sean Grendel of McHenry, the county coroner’s office announced Wednesday.

Grendel, of the 4000 block of West Lillian Street, was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday morning by a correction officer and was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, according to a McHenry County Sheriff’s Office news release.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, McHenry County Coroner Michael Rein said.

“All preliminary findings and toxicology will be considered pending and under investigation following the autopsy,” Rein said in a news release.

Court documents show that Grendel was charged days before his death with driving on a suspended or revoked license for a previous offense of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Aside from that charge, a felony, Grendel also charged with various traffic offenses including operating an uninsured vehicle, disobeying a stop sign, speeding, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving with expired license plates.

Grendel also had two other active cases in McHenry County, court records show. He was charged with failing to provide accurate information as required by the Illinois Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act on Aug. 30 and driving on a revoked license and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer Aug. 24.

Grendel had two children who did not live with him, according to court documents.

The coroner’s office will be working on the investigation with the Major Investigation Assistance Team and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, according to the release.