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Resident of Arkansas center found dead

BOONEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - An investigation has begun into the death of a resident of the state's Booneville Human Development Center for people with disabilities.

Jesse Ingram, whose age was reported as 28 and as 29, was found dead early Thursday morning in an outbuilding where he worked shredding paper during the day.

Logan County Sheriff Steve Smith says he suspects Ingram broke a Plexiglas window and tried to get into the building the previous night, when it was locked because of equipment inside.

The sheriff believes Ingram got stuck and suffocated. Authorities do not suspect foul play.

But a life skills trainer has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Ingram had lived at the center for seven years but was considered independent, and was allowed to wander the grounds. A memorial service was planned for Monday at the Booneville center.

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