Haley Marie Estis

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a Jefferson County jail inmate, according to a deputy coroner.

Haley Marie Estis, 24, of Graysville, was found unresponsive in her cell at the Jefferson County Jail on Wednesday morning, according to reports. Estis has been in jail for seven days. Authorities said she was alone in her cell at the time of her death. According to a statement from Capt. David Agee with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Estis was alive in her cell at 6:50 a.m. and was found unresponsive 24 minutes later, at 7:14 a.m.

This is the second death this year at the Jefferson County Jail; the first was a murder suspect from Hoover who was killed in a fight with another inmate. At the time of that death, in February, Agee told al.com that he did not recall the last death in the Jefferson County Jail.

Estis has a criminal record going back to 2016 with offenses including eluding arrest, disorderly conduct and various drug charges. 

Authorities said when the body was found attempts to revive the inmate by jail staff were unsuccessful. 

The county coroner's office performed an autopsy on Estis, said Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates.

No official cause of death has been determined, he said. Yates expected a final report on her death in 4-6 weeks.

"We're waiting on toxicology reports, lab studies, plus there's a heavy caseload," Yates said.

The deputy coroner said that, at this point, he hasn't seen anything that suggests foul play or trauma was involved.

He said final autopsy reports are public records unless a district attorney or the state attorney general asks for a temporary hold on the report for investigative purposes.

Yates said he doesn't see many death cases from the Jefferson County jail, which he called the largest in the state.

According to jail records, Estis was arrested and booked into the jail on April 25 on two counts of failure to appear from April 19. She was also charged with two counts of illegal possession of a controlled substance on April 30, jail records state. 

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the death.

Messages left with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation were not returned.

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