ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a 39-year-old inmate hanged himself in his cell at the Rio Grande County jail.

The Valley Courier in Alamosa reports a deputy on a routine inmate check found Johnathan Kirk Rutherford on Wednesday. The inmate was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Sheriff Brian Norton tells The Denver Post that Rutherford was being held on warrants, but he declined to elaborate on what they were for. Norton also declined to say how long Rutherford had been in the jail, only that he had not appeared before a judge.

Rutherford was alone in his cell when he was found.

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