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December 20, 2016 10:30 am

Andrew Gant
Public Information Office

JAIL INMATE FOUND DEAD AFTER APPARENT SUICIDE

An inmate at the Volusia County Branch Jail was found dead in his cell early Tuesday after an apparent suicide by hanging.

The inmate, 52-year-old Thomas Joseph Loncala of Ormond Beach, was discovered unresponsive in his cell by a correctional officer around 1:45 a.m. Loncala had a bed sheet wrapped around his neck and tied to a shelf. The correctional officer attempted lifesaving measures, but Loncala was officially pronounced dead by a doctor at 2:12 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and the official cause of Loncala’s death will be determined as a result of an autopsy.
Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4589 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352

Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151

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