Officials said the 26-year-old was being held in the prison medical ward for observation because he allegedly refused to eat.

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate in custody at a Mohave County jail early Thursday morning.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said at around 2:26 a.m. medical personnel were called to the Mohave County Adult Detention Center after an inmate, identified as Raul Martinez, 26, of Bullhead City, was found unconscious in his cell.

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Officials said Martinez was being held in the prison medical ward for observation because he allegedly refused to eat.

The MCSO said Martinez was alone in his cell and was checked for about fifteen minutes before he was found unconscious.

Sheriff officials said medical staff and detention officers attempted to revive Martinez with CPR, Narcan and the use of a defibrillator. Martinez was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The MCSO said Martinez was turned over to the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Officials said Martinez was booked on July 23, 2022 for unlawful theft and warrant.

MCSO said at this time there were no signs of trauma or foul play.

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