Columbia County inmate dead

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Roger Allen Tyler

Police found an inmate dead in the Columbia County Detention Center early this morning.

Roger Allen Tyler, 46, of the 4100 block of Old Waynesboro, was found at about 6 a.m. as detention officers served breakfast, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

There were no signs of trauma or anything to suggest suicide or foul play, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said. An autopsy will likely be performed today at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Augusta, Mrs. Garrison said.

Mr. Tyler had been in the jail for 17 days for failure to appear and probation violations, Capt. Morris said. Everything appeared normal to detention officers when Mr. Tyler went to bed Wednesday night, Capt. Morris said.

The sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation, Capt. Morris said.

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