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Denton County Jail inmate found dead in her cell

A 30-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday morning inside her cell at the Denton County Jail, according to Sheriff Tracy Murphree.

Stormye MurpheyDenton County Jail
Stormye Murphey
Denton County Jail

Denton resident Stormye Murphey was booked into the jail on Sunday on a Denton police charge of assault causing bodily injury. Murphree said she was found unresponsive during a routine cell check Tuesday and was pronounced dead at 11:46 a.m.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the matter. Murphree said initial evidence shows she may have died from suicide, but the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has not released an official cause of death.

"We feel for the family and their loss, and we want to make sure it's thoroughly investigated," Murphree said.

Murphey had a "medical episode" at the jail on Monday and was later transported to Medical City Denton, according to Murphree. He said he couldn't elaborate on the nature of the episode.

Murphey, he said, was released from the hospital the same day and booked into a cell inside one of the medical units at the jail. She was the only person in the cell, he said.

"We just wanted to monitor her medical condition," he said. "That's pretty much protocol."

He said a jailer found her in the cell Tuesday morning during a routine cell check.

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-349-6882.