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Taos jail prisoner dies in apparent suicide

TAOS — Authorities say an inmate at the Taos jail is dead and he apparently killed himself with a bedsheet.

Taos County Sheriff’s officials say they were called about 9:30 a.m. Saturday to the Adult Detention Center for an unresponsive man.

They say 28-year-old Juan Espinoza-Garcia was found unconscious in his cell.

Resuscitation efforts at the scene by both detention center medical staff and Taos County emergency response paramedics were unsuccessful.

Authorities say it appears Espinoza-Garcia acted alone and tied a sheet to his bed and strangled himself.

The cause of death will be determined by the county’s Office of Medical Investigations.

Espinoza-Garcia had been in jail since last Friday. Authorities say he was arrested on a warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle in Taos.

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