GREAT FALLS — An inmate at the Cascade County Detention Center in Great Falls died on June 17.
Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said in a news release on Tuesday that 20-year-old Michael Lee Alexander, Jr. of Great Falls died from an apparent suicide.
Petroleum County Coroner R.J. (Dick) Brown has been asked to conduct the death investigation.
Brown said in a news release that Alexander was founding hanging in his cell at about 9 p.m.
Alexander was taken to Benefis Health System, where he was pronounced dead.
Brown said that the death is an apparent suicide, and the body was taken to the state crime lab in Billings for autopsy.
In accordance with standard procedures involving an in-custody death, the Sheriff's Office has requested that the Criminal Investigations Division (DCI) investigate the matter.