A male inmate at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail is dead after an apparent suicide on Saturday. 

At approximately 6:20 a.m., jail staff found an inmate who was unresponsive in his cell while conducting a check, according to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office news release. When they entered the cell, they found a piece of linen tied around the inmate’s neck. 

Medical staff and paramedics responded to the scene and performed life-saving measures, but the inmate did not recover and was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. 

Although it appears to be a suicide, authorities are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause and manner of the inmate’s death. 

The inmate’s identity has not been released, pending notification to his next-of-kin.