According to a Press Release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office during the overnight hours Sunday a cell check at the Pettis County Jail revealed an inmate found alone was deceased in his cell. The inmate identified as 35-year-old James Smith died of what is believed to be a self-inflicted cause. According to Coroner Skip Smith an autopsy will be performed on Tuesday at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office in Columbia to determine the cause of death.

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