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Inmate death under investigation

            The Texas Rangers are investigating an incident at the Hockley County Jail where a 61-year-old man was found deceased in his cell at 5 a.m. Monday morning.

           Hockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres said the man had been incarcerated at the jail for about 30 days. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, but Scifres said no foul play is suspected.

            The identity of the male has not been released by the department and Scifres said it would not be released until the next of kin has been notified.

            Scifres said the state, as well as the Texas Jail Commission have been informed of the death.

            “We are doing everything per protocol and in accordance with state law,” Scifres said.

            The investigation is ongoing and we will update as we learn more.

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