"There was a suicide note. It did not reference the crimes he is charged with," Kagarise said.
Kagarise could not elaborate on the contents of that note.
Blair County Prison Warden Michael Johnston told WTAJ Friday morning that Dishong was on the second tier of a three-tier suicide watch scale. Johnston said he was being checked on every 15 minutes and, it appears, he committed suicide within one of those 15 minute windows. The warden said he is conducting an investigation and Hollidaysburg Borough Officer H.T. Fownes is also conducting an investigation.
"We'll compare our notes on Monday to see if we came to the same conclusion," Johnston said.
Dishong is charged in the November 15, 2012 Altoona fire that killed 3-year-old Darrel Etchison Jr. His mother and 2-year-old sister jumped from an upstairs window of the S. Second Street duplex.
Dishong was in court on Wednesday for his preliminary hearing on homicide, arson and other charges related to the case. His charges were sent to county court for trial.
The Etchison family was notified of Dishong's death early Friday morning. Darrel's mother Brandy said she is relieved she will not have to testify and relive that tragic morning again in court.