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 June 9th, 2011  
St. Lucie County jail inmate committed suicide, according to Sheriff Mascara
A 52-year-old St. Lucie County jail inmate hung himself to death in his jail cell this morning, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We are withholding the man's name at this time because we have not yet been able to locate and notify his relatives," Sheriff Mascara said.

The Fort Pierce resident was arrested in late May by the Fort Pierce Police Department on several charges. This morning, he ate breakfast in the cell in which he was confined. Shortly after that, a deputy heard someone rattling the bars on a cell. He approached the inmate, who was not moving.

Then the deputy saw that the inmate had hung himself and cut the inmate down. Deputies began CPR, but they were unable to revive the inmate. St. Lucie County fire-rescue workers pronounced him dead at 7:05 a.m.

An autopsy today by the Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a suicide consistent with hanging.

The inmate had ripped a small strip from his jail-issued blanket and used that to hang himself. * * *

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