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Inmate dies while in custody

Thursday, January 22, 2009

No foul play is expected to be found in the death of a Melbourne man who was being held at the Sharp County Jail.

According to a statement released by the Sharp County Sheriff's Office, Gary Lynn Henson, 54, was arrested Jan. 15 for driving while intoxicated (DWI). This was Henson's fifth DWI charge. Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell transported Henson to the Sharp County Jail where he was placed in a holding cell.

Jailer David Bushey performed a routine check at 1:23 a.m. Jan. 16. According to the report, when Bushey found Henson he was unresponsive. Ash Flat first responders and Spring River Ambulance Service were paged to respond. Upon the arrival of the responders it was determined that Henson was dead.

Sharp County Deputy Coroner Allen Price was notified as well as Detective Sergeant Mark Counts and Arkansas State Police Special Agent Wendell Jines.

The report states that during the investigation of Henson's death it was learned that Henson had an alcohol problem. Henson had been in rehabilitation more than once and, according to his girlfriend, suffered from health problems due to his alcohol problem but refused medical treatment.

Henson's body was sent to the medical examiners office for an autopsy.

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