Inmate found dead in local jail was hanging from ventilation grill

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A federal prisoner who was found dead Monday evening in his cell in McLennan County’s privately-run Jack Harwell Detention Center at 3101 Marlin Highway was hanging from a ventilation grill, according to documents released Thursday.

A preliminary autopsy report released Thursday, however, says a ruling on the cause and manner of death is pending.

A guard making his rounds found Kristian Jesse Culver, 32, hanging from the grill at around 6:40 p.m. Monday, requested assistance and cut the inmate down, a record of inquest says.

CPR was administered, but Culver was pronounced dead at the scene just before 7:30 p.m. Monday.

“No other inmates were housed in the cell, and the cause of death appears to be suicide by asphyxia. A death in custody investigation is ongoing,” McLennan County Jail Administrator Capt. Ricky Armstrong said in a brief press release Thursday afternoon.

Family members said earlier this week that Culver, who was in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, was from Brownsville, but the inquest report released Thursday shows an Austin address.

The detention center, operated by LaSalle Corrections, can house more than 800 inmates, including county offenders as well as federal prisoners and immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.