Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are probing the death of an inmate at the Baldwin County Jail, local and state authorities say.
The body of 61-year-old Tracey McCook, of Milledgeville, was discovered in her jail cell on Sunday night, according to Mary Chandler, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 6 Office in Milledgeville.
Chandler told The Union-Recorder on Monday afternoon that she received a telephone call about 6:30 p.m. from Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee that agents were needed at the county detention center due to the death of an inmate.
Chandler said the preliminary investigation revealed McCook’s death was “self-inflicted.”
An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Tuesday morning at the Georgia Bureau of Investigator Crime Laboratory in Decatur. A medical examiner will perform the autopsy and then determine the cause and manner of death.
“We’re all extremely sorry about what happened to Ms. McCook,” Massee told the newspaper in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “She had been with us for the past few days.”
Massee said McCook was arrested on charges related to a domestic violence case.
“We had been housing her in a separate holding area because she had some medical issues when she came in,” Massee said. “She had been extremely pleasant with all of our employees and our medical staff.”
The sheriff explained that the medical staff had experienced some issues with McCook and had taken her to the hospital as recently as Friday.
“We saw no signs of any issue that made us suspect that she might harm herself,” Massee said. “We’re just all extremely sorry that this happened.”
The case remains under investigation by the GBI.