A 28-year-old Division of Correction prisoner serving time on assault and weapons charges was found hanged in his cell at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup yesterday morning.
State police investigators say the death of Wayne Jackson, of the 5800 block of Chinquapin Parkway in Baltimore, appears to be a suicide. An investigation is continuing, said Detective Sgt. H. E. Watts of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Waterloo state police barracks in Elkridge.
An autopsy will be performed at the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore.
A prison guard reported finding Jackson's body at about 10:30 a.m. yesterday in a locked cell. The prisoner was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sergeant Watts said Jackson apparently tied a noose in a bed sheet and placed it around a ceiling pipe in order to hang himself. Sergeant Watts estimated that he acted between 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Jackson shared the cell with another inmate, who was in a recreational area when Jackson was found, said Assistant Warden Joshua Carrington.
Inmates can go to the recreational area for activities, but some choose to stay in their cells. Mr. Carrington said officials are not sure why Jackson, who was serving a five-year sentence, stayed behind.
"At this point we have nothing that shows foul play," said Sergeant Watts.
Mr. Carrington said Jackson had no record of disciplinary problems.