UPDATE: 01/15/2017: Lewis and Clark Co. Coroner Bryan Backeberg identified the man who died in custody in the Jefferson Co. Detention Center last week.

Jesse Ryan Athearn, 36, passed away in the jail just before noon on Jan. 11.

Results from an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death are pending. The Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is also assisting with the case.

The charge Jesse Athearn was being held on was not released.


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BOULDER- Jefferson Co. Sheriff Craig Doolittle said an inmate died in the county jail on Thursday morning.

According to a Facebook post, the inmate passed away just before noon.

Sheriff Doolittle said Lewis and Clark Co. Coroner Bryan Backeberg and the state Division of Criminal Investigation will be in charge of the subsequent investigation.

Doolittle did not release the identity of the inmate, the charges they were being held on.

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