GRAND RAPIDS — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of an inmate that occurred early this morning at the Grand Rapids Correctional Facility.
Scott Allen Hammer was brought to the Kent County Correctional Facility charged with open murder of his girlfriend Danielle Scholten-Linderman, 29, during the early morning hours of Oct. 23.
According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Hammer did not come out of his cell for breakfast at approximately 4:48 a.m. this morning.
Deputies checked on Hammer and discovered his body in the cell.
The Sheriff’s Department is calling the death at apparent suicide. An autopsy will be scheduled for cause of death.
Scholten-Linderman, known as “Dani” by family and friends, had been dating Hammer for more than two years, according to her mother, Brenda Taylor. Taylor said the couple hadn’t been getting along well lately, but they were working on getting a house and moving in together.
The couple were living with family on Lincoln Lake Road in Spencer Township when the alleged murder occurred.
According to police, a struggle ensued between the couple early that morning, resulting in Scholten-Linderman’s death. Hammer fled the scene and went to a location in Sidney Township near Sheridan, where the couple had been renovating an old house to live in. Hammer allegedly set fire to one house and attempted to set another house on fire, but was unsuccessful.
Hammer was arrested a short time later in Sheridan without incident.
Scholten-Linderman was a 2002 graduate of Greenville High School and was employed as a waitress at Drake’s Place in downtown Greenville. She is the mother of two children, Jadan, 9, and Ava, 7.