Hernando woman's death in local jail investigated

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of a Hernando woman who apparently used her shoestrings to hang herself in the DeSoto County jail.

DeSoto County Coroner Jeffery Pounders said 27-year-old Cayce Allen was found dead in a holding cell at 3:19 a.m. Wednesday. Allen was arrested by Hernando police for drunk driving and running a stop sign.

Pounders said the death was ruled a suicide by ligature hanging.

Pounders said she was alone in the cell.

Commander Mark Blackson of the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department said MBI was asked to come in and investigate the death.

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