Inmate found dead in his Adams County jail cell

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Investigators say an inmate found dead in his cell at the Adams County jail was hanging by his neck from a handmade rope.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office told the Natchez Democrat ( ) that 32-year-old Joseph Laverne Sturdivant Jr. was alone in his cell at the time of the incident.

Detention officers tried in vain to revive him Thursday afternoon.

Sturdivant had been arrested on a burglary charge and had been at the jail since Feb. 19.

The sheriff’s office said in a statement that the rope appeared to have been made from a bed sheet.

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