Jones County Jail Inmate Died from Asphyxiation

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ANAMOSA, Iowa — An inmate in the Jones County Jail died over the weekend from asphyxiation.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Tana Lekin, of Arkansas, was found unconscious in a cell at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy performed by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny found Lekin died from asphyxiation caused by an article clothing. Toxicology results from the autopsy will not be available for a few weeks.

Officials say Lekin was alone in her cell.

Lekin was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday by Anamosa Police and was facing charges of 2nd degree burglary, possession of burglar’s tools, impersonating an officer, interference with official acts, 5th degree criminal mischief, and public intoxication.

The investigation into Lekin’s death continues.