BELLEVILLE — Corrections officers at the St. Clair County Jail found an inmate dead in his cell Friday morning.
The inmate, Timothy Hollowell, 35, was found in his bed about 7 a.m. by corrections officers who went to his cell to rouse him for breakfast. When they found him unresponsive, officers immediately notified emergency medical services and nursing staff.
He was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital and pronounced dead, according to St. Clair County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Hundelt.
An autopsy conducted Friday afternoon found no signs of foul play, Hundelt said.
"It looks like he died from natural causes," Hundelt said. "We don't suspect any alcohol or drugs and there was no trauma to the body at all."
Additional tests are being conducted to determine if Hollowell had an undiagnosed medical condition that led to his death.
Inmates told investigators they heard Hollowell get up to use the restroom about 5 a.m. Friday and then go back to his bunk. The inmates told police Hollowell started snoring louder than usual when he fell asleep again, Hundelt said, but they heard nothing else from his cell until corrections officers found him unresponsive.
Hollowell was an inmate at the jail since February. He most recently was charged in Caseyville with indecent solicitation of a child, a felony.
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