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Coroner investigating death of inmate at Cherokee County Detention CenterFree Access

An inmate at the Cherokee County Detention Center was found dead in her cell Sunday afternoon.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the deceased as 26-year-old Cierra Mariah Chesnee.

Fowler said he is investigating the death.

A corrections officer found Chesnee hanging by a strip of cloth tied to a vent in her single cell about 5 p.m., according to Fowler.

“Resuscitative efforts were initiated by the staff  but were unsuccessful. Chesnee was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed as part of the ongoing investigation into the inmate’s death,” Fowler said.

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