A Pender County jail inmate was found hanging in his cell Wednesday morning, an apparent victim of suicide, according to a news release.
Damien Billy Manley, 21, was pronounced dead at the jail in Burgaw about 2:30 a.m.
According to Chief Deputy Keith Hinkle, a jail officer was making the rounds when he came upon Manley about 1:42 a.m.
Hinkle said Manley, who was housed alone, had used the cover from his mattress to hang himself.
The officer attempted to revive Manley but was unsuccessful.
Hinkle said the last time Manley was seen alive by jail staff was at 1:21 a.m.
According to a press release from Sheriff Carson Smith, the State Jail Inspectors Office was notified of the death and the State Bureau of Investigation was asked to conduct an investigation.
An internal investigation is also underway, Smith said.
“Preliminary indications are that the jail officers on duty followed state rules, Sheriff’s Office procedures and medical staff guidance in their classification and monitoring of the inmate,” the release states.
Manley, of Rocky Point, was jailed July 24 on suspicion of first-degree burglary, assault on a child under 12 and contempt.
He was being held on a $60,000 bond. ..Source.. by CONUS TOC SOURCE