A Panamanian national, Jean Jimenez-Joseph, 27, was found dead while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in Georgia on Monday.
Jimenez-Joseph was being held at an immigration detention center in Stewart County, located more than 100 miles southwest of Atlanta.
He was found unresponsive with a sheet around his neck in his cell at the Stewart Detention Center at about 12:45 a.m. on Monday.
ICE said in a prepared statement that the preliminary cause of Jimenez-Joseph’s death was “self-inflicted strangulation.”
Jean Jimenez-Joseph is the seventh person to die in ICE custody for the fiscal year which ends in September, ICE said.