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County inmate dies from what authorities say is apparent suicide

6-3-2013 Florida:

SEBRING- A Highlands County Jail inmate Scott Alexander Wilkie, 37, died early hours Monday from what appears to be an apparent suicide, a Highlands County Sheriff's Office news release adds.

Wilkie was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 2:20 a.m. Monday, the news release adds.

He was taken by emergency responders to a local medical facility where he was pronounced dead.

"Detectives responded to the jail and began a death investigation, which is the normal procedure under these circumstances," the news release states. "At this time the death looks to be an apparent suicide however the District 10 Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy and an official cause of death will be forthcoming."

Once the death investigation is concluded, the sheriff's office's Internal Affairs Unit will begin an administrative review, the news release adds.

The mandatory review will evaluate all policies, standard operating procedures and protocols "to ensure a thorough assessment of the circumstances, immediate care and response provided to the inmate in this case. "

Sheriff Susan Benton said the family has been notified and "we are saddened for their loss.

She has personally known him since he was in middle school.

"One of our retired deputies spent much of his time as a school resource deputy helping Scott to get through some very difficult times as a youngster. As always, we will ensure a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding his death at which time the report will become public record." ..Source.. by Highlands Today

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