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Coroner: Inmate died of natural causes

CORTEZ, Colo. — Authorities say a 38-year-old inmate whose body was found
in his cell at the Montezuma County jail died of “natural causes from chronic
use of alcohol.”

The Cortez Journal reports Harrison M. Begay, of
Tonalea, Ariz., was initially brought to the jail on a trespassing charge in the
early morning hours of Oct. 26 but was taken to a hospital because he was
“highly intoxicated.” He was returned to the jail and placed on a medical

Jail staff found Begay dead in the cell just after 3 a.m. on Oct. 27. Sheriff
Dennis Spruell says the inmate was not on medical watch when he died.


Information from: Cortez Journal


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