Authorities ID inmate who died at Garland County jail

December 27, 2019 GMT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities have identified the inmate who died while in custody of the Garland County jail last week.

The Garland County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday identified the inmate as 28-year-old Jeremy Scott Howell of Hot Springs.

“Mr. Howell’s family has been notified of this tragic incident, and an internal affairs investigation has been ordered by the sheriff,” Sgt. John Schroeder said.

Howell was booked Dec. 20 in the jail on a criminal trespass charge, but was found unresponsive a few hours after he arrived at the jail, The Sentinel-Record reported.

The cause of death remains under investigation, authorities said.