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Inmate found dead in Cascade County jail cell

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Posted at 2:33 PM, Sep 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-07 16:33:51-04

GREAT FALLS - Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said in a news release issued Wednesday that on Sept. 3 at 6:45 a.m. Cascade County Detention Center officers found an inmate deceased in her cell.

Lifesaving measures were conducted to save Aleesha Mae Kempa, but were unsuccessful.

The Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) from the Montana Department of Justice was called to investigate the death, which is standard procedure for any in-custody death.

Coroner Richard Brown of Petroleum County was called in as the coroner due to this being an in-custody death.

Based on the initial investigation, it appears that Kempa died by suicide. The manner of her death has not yet been released.

We will update you if we get more information.