Inmate Found Dead
3:08 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

St. Louis jail inmate found dead

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An investigation is underway after a 62-year-old inmate of a St. Louis city jail was found dead in his cell.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the inmate was found at midnight Friday by correctional officers making routine rounds at a jail on Hall Street. The man's name has not been released.

He was being held on charges of possession of narcotics and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested May 9, and transferred to the Hall Street jail on May 15.

Authorities say the man had been seen alive by jail staff a half-hour before he was found dead.