Female inmate dies in Sebastian Co. jail
Posted: July 25, 2011 at 3:21 p.m.
FORT SMITH Authorities are looking into the death of a female inmate who was discovered in her cell unresponsive and without a pulse at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.
Officials say 37-year-old Jo-Lana Turman was found about 3:45 p.m. Friday.
Sgt. Hobe Runion says detention center medical staff tried to revive Turman. She was taken by ambulance to the Sparks Regional Medical Center emergency room where she was pronounced dead about 4:20 p.m.
Turman was booked into the jail on July 19.
According to a sheriff's office report, Turman had a history of medical problems, including cirrhosis of the liver, seizures and a past diagnosis of thyroid cancer.
Runion says the initial investigation shows she died of natural causes and no foul play is suspected.
A full investigation will be conducted.