Media and police have reported the death of Spence Jackson. According to reports the former Media Director for late Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich was found dead in his Jefferson City Apartment Sunday.
Initial reports indicate the investigation is being handled as an apparent suicide.
Jackson worked for Schweich since May of 2011 and was reportedly close with Auditor Schweich. Jackson called for civility from state lawmakers following Schweich’s apparent suicide in late February.
Jackson called for the resignation of Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock for allegedly running a whisper campaign about Schweich’s religion. Allegedly Hancock was telling party members he was Jewish. Schweich was a Christian. Hancock has refuted the claims and remains in his position as Party chairmen.
The Jefferson City Police Department is expected to release more information about the death Monday. The following press release was issued by the Jefferson City Police Monday morning, preceding a press conference Monday at 11 a.m.
Jefferson City Police Department Press Release
On Sunday, March 29, 2015 at just after 7 p.m., Jefferson City Police responded to an apartment in the 900 block of Southwest Boulevard for a ‘check well-being’ call of Robert “Spence” Jackson, a 45 year old Jefferson City resident. According to the caller, a family member of Jackson, he was unresponsive to calls or other attempts to raise him at the apartment. The property manager was able to provide a key to responding officers, who entered the residence and located Jackson in his bedroom. Initial assessment of the scene indicated that Jackson died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, but Jefferson City Police Detectives were called to the scene to investigate.
Physical evidence at the scene, along with an examination of the apartment, did not indicate any signs of forced entry or struggle, but Detectives began a full investigation with the assistance of Patrol personnel to canvas the area and contact those who knew Jackson. This investigation is still an open investigation, and no details regarding findings will be released as of yet.
An autopsy is planned for today, and Detectives are continuing to investigate this case as a suicide, although further information will be necessary to eliminate any other possible causes for Jackson’s death.
Jackson was previously employed as the spokesperson for Tom Schweich, the Missouri State Auditor who committed suicide in February of this year.