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Female Inmate Found Dead At Toombs Jail

The Toombs County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) has requested the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Region 12 Office (GBI) to investigate the November 9 death of an inmate in custody at the Toombs County Detention Center.

The TSCO has only recently released this information, as they waited until they successfully notified the inmate’s next of kin, which they finally reached on November 16.

At around 5:26 p.m. on November 9, jailers found inmate Susan Diaz, 54, of Lyons, in her cell unresponsive. Diaz was being held in a cell by herself at the time of her death because of health issues, and was under a 30-minute medical watch for precautionary reasons.

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Upon discovering Diaz, jailers immediately began CPR and alerted the jail nursing staff to the incident. 911 Dispatch requested help from Toombs- Montgomery Emergency Management Services (EMS) as the group continued to perform CPR on the inmate. When EMS arrived, paramedics assessed Diaz and determined she could not be resuscitated.

Although the GBI was brought in upon the determination of Diaz’s death to investigate the incident, the cause of death does not seem to be suspicious in nature, according to the TCSO. At this time, it is believed that Diaz died of natural causes, which stemmed from ongoing health issues.

An autopsy will be completed and a Coroner’s Inquiry will be conducted to review the findings of this investigation, which is currently still active. Once completed, the GBI will turn its findings over to the Sheriff and Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for further actions.

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