Apparent jail suicide investigated in Park County

By: AP
By: AP

Cody, WY (AP) - Authorities in Park County say a jail inmate in Cody apparently has committed suicide.

Sheriff's officials say guards found 58-year-old James Floyd Stewart, Jr., of Powell, unconscious in his cell just before midnight Friday. Stewart was pronounced dead at a hospital at around 10:30 Saturday morning.

Authorities say Stewart was found on the floor of his cell with one end of his trousers wrapped around his neck and the other around a railing near the toilet. They say the railing is about 3 feet off the floor.

Stewart had been arrested on Tuesday. Circuit Court officials say Stewart was charged with felony burglary. His preliminary hearing was set for this Wednesday and he hadn't entered a plea yet.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating.

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