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Death of Oklahoma County Jail inmate under investigation

May 21, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause of death of a female inmate at the Oklahoma County Jail.

Authorities say that 48-year-old Tara Lynn Garcia was found dead in her cell at the jail about 5 a.m. Friday. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office says attempts to revive Garcia were unsuccessful.

Garcia was housed in a cell with two other inmates but authorities say they do not suspect foul play in her death.

Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine what caused Garcia’s death.

Garcia was arrested by police in Edmond on Thursday on a petit larceny warrant and was ordered held without bond. She was found dead in her cell less than 24 hours after she was booked.

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