N. Idaho sheriff removes Facebook page after suicide

A Northern Idaho sheriff says he has removed the agency’s Facebook page following a wave of posts blaming the sheriff’s office for the suicide of a 19-year-old Washington man.

Latah County Sheriff Wayne Rausch tells the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that the page had 3,000 hits of what he calls filth and profanity.

The action follows the June 23 suicide of Andrew Cain of Pullman after the sheriff’s office on Facebook congratulated Cain for being the most wanted man for the month of June.

After Cain’s death, his sister, Alise Smith, asked for an apology from a sheriff’s deputy she says harassed her brother via Facebook.

Records obtained by the newspaper show Cain initiated contact with the sheriff’s office. Rausch has apologized for the agency writing “Congratulations” concerning Cain’s wanted status.