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An inmate died Tuesday morning at the Martinsville city jail.

Emergency responders were called to the jail and transported in the inmate to Sovah-Martinsville.

“I can confirm that an inmate passed this morning and the state police is conducting the investigation,” Major Laura Hopkins of the Martinsville Sheriff’s Office said. “She was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

She did not disclose the conditions, situation or any circumstances surrounding the death.

She referred questions to the Virginia State Police, which has taken over the investigation.

A call to the VSP was promised a response within the next half hour, but none had materialized by Tuesday evening.

Staff report

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