Officials are investigating the death of an inmate who hanged himself in the Cherokee County Detention Center in Centre, Alabama.

County Coroner Jeremy Deaton said Tuesday that Michael Lee Caldwell, 58, of Benton, Missouri, hanged himself with a bed sheet.

Caldwell was discovered unresponsive in the medical infirmary at approximately 2 p.m. Monday  by corrections staff, said Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver.

Emergency medical care was administered, but all attempts to revive Caldwell were unsuccessful, according to Shaver. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by Deaton.

Caldwell, a fugitive from Missouri, was arrested by local law enforcement agents in the Gnatville area Friday, Shaver added. The arrest was made on Cherokee County Road 18.

Investigators received information that Caldwell was armed and driving a stolen pickup truck in south Cherokee County. Detectives from Scott County, Missouri, confirmed that he was wanted for stealing a truck in the county and fleeing the state.

Caldwell was arrested by Cherokee County investigators on charges of first degree receiving stolen property. Shaver said a hold was placed on him for Missouri’s charges of theft of property and probation violation.

Caldwell was being held in the detention center awaiting bond and extradition by Missouri deputies.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit and Jacksonville State University’s Center for Applied Forensics, is leading an investigation into Caldwell’s death.


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