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CLAY COUNTY — The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a county jail inmate that occurred Monday, May 3.

“This afternoon, at approximately 2:20 p.m., a female inmate suffered a medical emergency at the Clay County Detention Center. She was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased,” states a Monday release.

The Clay County Investigative Squad, a group of investigators from surrounding law enforcement agencies, was activated and is investigating the circumstances of the inmate’s death. The victim’s name has not been released as detectives are attempting to notify next of kin.

“No additional information is available at this time as the investigation remains active,” states the release.

On Tuesday, May 4, Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Capt. Robert Hays said the female inmate was the one who alerted staff that she “was having a medical emergency.” Guards then activated a Code Blue protocol, he said.

With the death, Hays said an autopsy will be performed that includes a toxicology screening and review of past medical history to hopefully determine the cause of death.

When the report will be released, Hays said, is unclear, as a timeline for the autopsy has not been released by the medical examiner’s office.

More details on this developing story will be published as they become available.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at, 903-6001 or @myCTAmanda1 on Twitter.

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