Inmate found dead in his cell in Columbus County

Posted by Lauren Thomson - email

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Law enforcement officers in Columbus County say an inmate died overnight in the detention center in Whiteville.

Detention officers found Curtis Lester Burroughs Jr. dead in his cell Friday night.

Doctors at Columbus Regional hospital pronounced him dead around 9:30pm.

He had been in jail since May 18th on misdemenor breaking and entering charges.

Officials say it appears Burroughs died of natural causes, but they are looking into his death.

Burroughs was 76 years old.

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