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Inmate found dead in Natchez jail

NATCHEZ, Miss.- Police found Joseph Laverne Sturdivant Jr. dead in his cell at the Adams County Jail Thursday afternoon.

It appeared that Sturdivant hung himself using a handmade rope.

Officers tried to revive him but failed to do so.

Sturdivant was serving time for a burglary charge and had been in jail since Feb. 19th.

The Natchez Democrat reports that police believe the rope was made with a bed sheet.

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