Inmate dies in Fergus County Jail

Charlie Denison

Terry Randolph Cox of Roy, Utah was found dead in his cell in Fergus County Jail Friday, July 29. The mug shot was taken after his June 2 arrest for driving under the influence of drugs.
Photo courtesy of Fergus County Sheriff’s Department


A Fergus County Jail inmate was found dead in his cell Friday morning at approximately 6 a.m.

Terry Randall Cox, 36, of Roy, Utah, had been an inmate at the jail since Monday, July 18, after being arrested for violating bond conditions, testing positive for methamphetamine. Cox was originally arrested and jailed June 2 for driving under the influence of drugs and criminal endangerment. He’d posted bond July 13.

According to a press release from Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown, Cox was found dead in his cell by detention center staff. They reported to Central Montana Dispatch; Lewistown Fire and Rescue and Central Montana Medical Center Ambulance responded. According to the press release, Cox was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown said the cause of death is unknown, but it does not appear to be a suicide. Brown also said an autopsy was conducted Saturday, but it could take up to three or four weeks “before we know exactly what happened.”

The Division of Criminal Investigation, Fergus County Attorney Kent Sipe and Coroner Brown are continuing to investigate the death.




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