Sheriff: Inmate Committed Suicide in Lincoln County Cell

The 55-year-old man had been arrested on multiple charges

By Beacon Staff

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has reported that an inmate being held at the jail in Libby committed suicide on Thursday.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the inmate was a 55-year-old man who had been arrested on charges of misdemeanor theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of dangerous drugs.

He was arrested and booked into the jail at about 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 28, and was placed in a single-occupancy cell. The sheriff reported the man had killed himself by 6 p.m.

The man’s name has not yet been released.

“There was no indication that the man was suicidal during the arrest or processing at the detention facility. The man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” the press release stated.

The inmate was not from Lincoln County, the sheriff’s office reported, and appeared to have been a transient in the area. The man also had a $10,000 felony theft arrest warrant out of Oregon.

The Sanders County coroner took custody of the body for transport to the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula for autopsy.

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