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Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler is investigating the death of an inmate being held at the county detention center. 

Fowler said 50-year-old Angelica Marie Thayer of Shelby, N.C., was found dead in her cell Saturday morning by a detention officer. 

Thayer was found hanging by a bedsheet that was tied to a vent in the shower of her cell at 11:50 a.m., according to Fowler. 

“Officers immediately cut Thayer down and called for EMS, however, she was pronounced dead at the scene,” Fowler said. “An autopsy will be performed to assist with my investigation of the death in custody.”

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