Inmate death investigated

Published 03/01 2013 03:47PM

Updated 03/01 2013 05:32PM

Update: 3:50 pm
COLES COUNTY -- An inmate was found dead in his cell Thursday. Preliminary autopsy results determined hanging was the cause of 25-year old David Bower's death.

Guards found Bower hanging by a bed sheet. Officers say a check was made during breakfast and nothing seemed suspicious.

The investigation was turned over to the Illinois State Police which determined there were no violations on the part of Coles County. Bower was being held on a charge of retail theft.

Original: 12:15 pm
COLES COUNTY -- Police are investigating the death of an inmate. 25-year old David Bower was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell Thursday morning.

Officers, by state law, do rounds every 30-minutes to check on prisoners. A check was done before breakfast and nothing out of the ordinary was seen.

The investigation has been turned over to Illinois State Police. Autopsy results are expected Friday. Bower was being held on a charge of retail theft.

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