Floyd County Jail inmate found dead in cell

An inmate was pronounced dead early Tuesday after being found alone in his cell at the Floyd County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

Robert Lee Maner, 45, was booked into the jail on Feb. 10 on charges of possession of methamphetamine, sheriff’s representative Deputy Carrie Edge said. He had been in jail for 13 days when jail staffers found his body while doing a roll call.

Maner was pronounced dead at about 1:30 a.m.

“Mr. Maner’s family was notified of his death at approximately 3:00 a.m., and so we are now releasing basic details of the incident as protocol dictates,” Floyd sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell said in a statement.

At Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter’s request, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrived at the jail about 4:40 a.m. to conduct an investigation into the matter, Caldwell said.

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