An inmate in the Imperial County jail was found dead by a correctional officer Sunday and officials are calling the death a suicide.
Wiesla Czuper, 41, of Poland reportedly hanged himself by wrapping a bed sheet around his neck. He was found in a semi-seated position in his cell between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
County Chief Deputy Coroner Rick Macken said medical staff tried to resuscitate Czuper. Macken said he is unsure how long Czuper had been dead when found but he thinks it was under 20 minutes.
Other inmates were at a meal when the death occurred, Macken said.
Czuper was brought to the county jail at 10 a.m. Sunday by U.S. Border Patrol agents for re-entering the country after being deported once previously.