Middle River Regional Jail inmate dead from apparent suicide

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An inmate at the Middle River Regional Jail was found dead from an apparent suicide Tuesday night.

The inmate, whose name was not released, had a court date scheduled for earlier in the day on Tuesday on a probation violation dating back to Dec. 19, 2019.

According to a press release from MRRJ, the case was continued until Dec. 18.

A housing unit officer discovered the inmate, a 19-year-old male, with a sheet tied around his neck at 7:16 p.m.

Staffers began performing CPR and life-saving measures and called EMS.

The decision was made to discontinue the life-saving efforts at 8:02 p.m.

Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith has initiated an external review, and MRRJ Superintendent Jeffery Newton has directed an internal review.


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