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July 23, 2007

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of a teenager while he was in custody.

Jon Alexander Scott was being held at the Sumter Youth Development Campus, a highly secured facility for juvenile offenders. But he was able to use a few minutes out of the sight of guards to take his own life.

Young people end up at the Sumter YDC when they are accused or convicted of breaking the law but it does give them a chance to make a new start. The program gives them everything from therapy to instruction on how to transition once released. That's a day 17-year-old Jon Alexander Scott unfortunately won't be able to see. He was found dead in his cell Sunday night.

We're told that cells at the YDC are checked every 15 minutes.  Sometime between 7:45 and 8 Sunday night, Scott used a bed sheet to hang himself. Medical officials say he was dead on arrival.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene between 8 and 9 but the death is still under investigation. We don't know where Scott was from or why he was being held in the YDC. The GBI will only say their investigation is still open.

The Department of Juvenile Justice says they are cooperating with that investigation. They would not tell us immediately if Scott's suicide might lead them to change any of their policies or procedures.

An autopsy was performed on Scott's body Monday. His death has officially been ruled a suicide.

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