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County jail inmate is found hanging in cell

death called a suicide

January 10, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

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.

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Macken said he is not sure why Czuper committed suicide and added investigators do not think there was foul play involved in his death.

Czuper, like every other inmate at the county jail, was questioned before being admitted about his mental state. Czuper told officials he wasn't thinking about suicide, Macken said.

Czuper has no family in the Imperial Valley. His only family member in the United States is in Florida and that individual was notified of Czuper's death.

Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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