In a Joplin Globe article about an apparent suicide in the county jail, Dunn commented on the newsworthiness of the story:
The Globe later reached Sheriff Archie Dunn after office hours regarding the matter. Dunn told the Globe that no information was released because he did not think the media reported suicides. He told the Globe that any information, including the name of the inmate, would have to come from one of two sheriff’s captains today.
Let me see if I understand this- an inmate commits suicide in the taxpayer-financed Jasper County Jail and the sheriff does not think it's a story. And then, despite the fact that it is a relative who contacted the media about the suicide, Dunn refuses to divulge the inmate's identity.
It appears it probably would simply have gone unnnoticed if Archie Dunn had his way.