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  • Highway Patrol rules inmate death as suicide

  • Missouri Highway Patrol has officially ruled the death of an inmate in the Miller County jail as a suicide.
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  • The Missouri Highway Patrol has officially ruled the death of an inmate in the Miller County jail as a suicide.
    22-year-old James Jensen of Eldon was found hanging in his cell around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night.
    He was transferred to University Hospital in Columbia where he was pronounced dead. Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott called the Highway Patrol in to investigate the death.
    After a few days of investigating, Highway Patrol personnel announced the suicide ruling on Thursday.
    According to Miller County court records, it appears that James Jensen was being held on a Miller County warrant on a probation violation. The original charges were burglary and stealing. It is unknown if there are other holds on Jensen from other jurisdictions.

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