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Inmate dies at South Central Regional Jail in suspected suicide

West Virginia corrections officials say Joshua Miles, 36, an inmate at South Central Regional Jail, died in what is initially believed to be suicide. He was found unresponsive in his cell Thursday. (MGN Online)

West Virginia corrections officials said an inmate at South Central Regional Jail died in what is initially believed to be suicide.

Joshua Miles, 36, was found unresponsive in his cell early Thursday, Lawrence Messina of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said in an email.

Staff immediately provided medical assistance, but Miles was pronounced dead at the jail a short time afterward, Messina said.

Messina said the initial indication in the death is a suicide.

Messina said it appeared a release order for Miles had been unsuccessfully sent by fax April 12 from Kanawha County Magistrate Court. An ongoing review has revealed no information that suggests the release status played a role in the incident, Messina said.

The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility is reviewing the incident internally. The West Virginia State Police was notified of Miles' death.

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