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Lowndes County sheriff working with MBI to determine inmate's cause of death

Updated Article - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is working to determine what led to the death of a Lowndes County jail inmate.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 11:44 AM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 10:28 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The state is investigating the death of a Lowndes County jail inmate.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant confirmed the death Monday morning.

Merchant said he was notified at approximately 10 a.m.

Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge later released more information about the death.

According to the sheriff, a jail officer found a 39-year-old man unresponsive inside his jail cell at approximately 7:42 a.m.

The inmate did not have a cellmate, Arledge stated.

Jail officers and medical first responders tried to revive the man but ultimately could not.

Merchant later identified the man as James Bradley West, 38, of Monroe County. 

John Poulos, a spokesman for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, confirmed the state agency has been notified about the death.

The sheriff said his office will fully cooperate with the state agency in the investigation.

Investigators hope an autopsy will shed more light on the death. 

Editor's Note: This article was modified on Sept. 10 to include the inmate's name. 

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