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Lowndes inmate dies suddenly

June 25, 2006

Sparks -- The GBI is investigating the death of a 21-year-old Lowndes county inmate who died the day he was scheduled to come home. County coronor Walter Wacter says the young man was pronounced dead at South Georgia Medical Center early Friday morning.

He says the death followed a seizure the 21-year-old suffered while he was in jail.

Staff seargent Cedric Montgomery of Lowndes County Sherriff's office says George Hill Jr. was in jail for account fraud charges.

Montgomery says Hill had only been in the jail for a couple of days before he died. Montgomery wouldn't go into any more detail as to how or when Hill died.

Hill's family say they were informed of their loved one's death around 1:30 early Friday morning. It was the very morning the young man was supposed to come home from jail. They say they are left with many questions unanswered, and still awaiting some straight answers from law enforcement."He hasn't been there a week, then you call us and tell us that he's dead, then you need to tell us from why. Why? When? You're calling us after the fact, you're not letting us view the body," said Hill's Aunt Linda Harris.

According to County Coronor Walter Wacter, Hill's body has been taken to Moultrie Crime Lab. An atopsy will be performed Monday, then the body will be given to Melton Funeral Home of Tifton.

Coroner Wacter says the young man had a seizure and there were no signs of foul play or stress on the body. Hill's family says the 21-year-old was very healthy and has never experienced a seizure before.

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