Sebastian County Sheriff's Office says rape suspect dead after being found hanging in cell

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FORT SMITH, Arkansas — The Sebastian County sheriff's office says an inmate being held on a rape charge is dead after being found hanging in his cell.

The department ways the man was found Thursday in the cell and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The department says the man was the only inmate assigned to the cell.

His name has not been released. The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Sheriff's Lt. Philip Pevehouse said Arkansas State Police are investigating the death and the sheriff's department is conducting an internal investigation into the case.

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