Detox Death Ruled Suicide 03 May 12

The death of a 41-year-old St. James man at the Brown County Evaluation Center in New Ulm last month has been ruled a suicide. An autopsy has determined that the cause of death for Bradley J. Gertsema was suffocation by hanging. Authorities responded to the death at the detox center at just before 1am on April 9th. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is investigating the suicide to ensure that proper procedures were followed during Gertsema’s stay at the facility following his arrest by St. James police the day before for probable cause DWI.