ICE: Immigration detainee’s death appears to be suicide
CUTHBERT, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Mexican man held at a south Georgia immigration detention center has died in an apparent suicide.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release Thursday that 40-year-old Efrain De La Rosa was pronounced dead around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
ICE says staff at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin found De La Rosa unresponsive in his cell. He died at a hospital in Cuthbert after efforts to revive him failed.
ICE says the case is under investigation but the “preliminary cause of death appears to be self-inflicted strangulation.”
De La Rosa was handed over to ICE on March 11 by law enforcement in Wake County, North Carolina, after a March 9 felony conviction for larceny. He was in deportation proceedings at the time of his death.