Adam Howe: Man charged with mom's murder dies after choking on piece of wet toilet paper in jail cell
"Mr. Howe clogged his airways with wet toilet paper and suffered a medical emergency. Out of respect for the family, we have no additional comment or detail. That family has been through a lot this weekend. Please keep them in your prayers," the statement read, according to Fox News.
The fire department and police discovered Howe's mother Susan's still smouldering remains on her lawn at 9:30 pm on Friday, September 30 in the Truro area of Cape Cod. Michael O'Keefe, the district attorney for Cape & Islands, and Jamie Calise, the chief of Truro Police, said that they were responding to a wellness check and reports of a fire when they found her body.
According to authorities, a SWAT team had to step in and arrest Howe after he barricaded himself inside the home off Quail Ridge Road. He was taken into custody after a psychiatric evaluation at Cape Cod hospital. Upon arrival at Ash Street Jail, he was put on security watch and checked every 15 minutes by jail supervisors, according to Darling. Additionally, Howe wore a nylon rip-resistant smock for safety. However, all the safety precautions came to naught.
Susan was the president of Truro Historical Society Board. "Susan brought immense creativity, energy, time and passion to our organization," the Truro Historical Society Board of Directors said in a press release, adding, "She loved Truro, and was totally committed to preserving our history and culture and the well-being of her beloved town."
Howe has a history of criminal activity. He was taken into custody in August after breaking into a store in Truro, and was accused of having suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid addiction, without a valid prescription.