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CCSO Inmate Found Dead In A Cell Monday Night Identified

Coconino County Sheriff

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An inmate, who was found dead in his cell in the Coconino County Detention Facility in Flagstaff Monday night, has been identified. Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say detention officers conducted a security and welfare check at around 8 p.m. and found 49-year-old Christopher Kelly of Page, hanging by a bed sheet that was tied around the neck. Officials called for assistance immediately and began life-saving measures on Kelly. Flagstaff Fire and Guardian medical crews arrived at the jail and took over efforts. They worked on Kelly for about 20-minutes, at which time he was pronounced dead. Kelly was arrested back on February 10th by the Page Police Department for two failure to appear warrants. He was originally booked into the Sheriff’s Office holding facility in Page, but was then transferred to Flagstaff at the Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility on Saturday. He was being held on a five-thousand dollar bond from the Page Justice Court as well as $500 from the Flagstaff Justice Court. Kelly was in a cell by himself, but was not on suicide watch after answering ‘no’ to the suicide questions during the initial officer-initiated screening process. Sheriff’s officials say at this time no foul play is suspected as it appears Kelly died by suicide. The death is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the autopsy is pending by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.