A Bulloch County Jail inmate was found dead in his cell after hanging himself early Friday morning, according to a press release from Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 12:15 a.m., Harry Almstead, 39, was found hanging in his cell by jail staff of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office while conducting a scheduled security and well-being check. First aid was performed and EMS responded for medical treatment, but Almstead was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jail staff had contact with Almstead numerous times throughout the previous evening and night, according to the release.
An autopsy was performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah and his death was ruled a suicide by the medical examiner.
The GBI will continue an independent investigation into the incident, and will turn the results over to the Ogeechee District Attorney’s Office for any action they deem appropriate.