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Authorities investigating Aiken County inmate death

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Published: Oct. 3, 2020 at 4:46 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2020 at 7:24 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating after an inmate was found dead at the Aiken County Detention Center.

The sheriff’s agency says a detention deputy was conducting a routine check, when they noticed 24-year-old Skylar Wright, of Aiken, unresponsive in his cell around 2:11 p.m. Saturday.

The coroner says that the preliminary investigation indicates there was no foul play.

Detention deputies and medical staff say they performed life-saving measures until Aiken EMS arrived on the scene. Wright was the sole occupant of his cell, and was pronounced dead on the scene.

SLED was called to conduct the investigation, as per proper protocol.

Wright will be autopsied Monday morning in Newberry to determine the cause of death.

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