Officials say inmate killed himself at Iowa prison

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — A Corrections Department spokesman says an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary and Clinical Care Unit has killed himself.

Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says 35-year-old Adam Moss was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon in his cell. He was found hanging from a wall vent with a bed sheet around his neck.

Medical personnel immediately detached the bed sheet and determined Moss was dead.

The Lee County Medical Examiner says the cause of death is asphyxia due to suffocation. Scaletta says an autopsy will be conducted because the death was not due to natural causes.

Moss has been serving a life sentence since 2001 on seven counts of first-degree murder in Woodbury County.

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