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Officials investigate inmate death at West Virginia jail

BARBOURSVILLE — An official says authorities are investigating a death at the Western Regional Jail in West Virginia.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina told The Herald-Dispatch that 28-year-old Brittney Horner suffered a "medical emergency" on May 19 while in the medical unit at the Barbourville jail. He said staff and outside emergency medical technicians responded.

Messina said no cause of death has been determined, but an overdose isn't suspected. He said officials are waiting for a report from the chief medical examiner.

It is the first death reported at Western Regional Jail this year.

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