The Durango Police Department has identified a man who died by suicide last weekend in the La Plata County Jail.
Saul Hernandez, 21, of Pagosa Springs died of self-inflicted trauma around 5:35 p.m. Sunday at the jail, said Durango Police Department Cmdr. Jacob Dunlop.
La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said Hernandez died of self-asphyxiation.
Hernandez, who was arrested Oct. 7, 2018, by Archuleta County law enforcement, was found in his cell; no signs of foul play were discovered, Dunlop said.
Archuleta County Sheriff Rich Valdez and La Plata County Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Boudreau did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment about why Hernandez was in jail and his conduct while incarcerated.
La Plata County sheriff’s deputies were holding Hernandez in the La Plata County Jail on behalf of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office. The Durango Police Department, which was called to investigate the death, did not have information readily available about why Hernandez was in custody.
The La Plata County Jail’s telephone-access record system indicated Hernandez was transfered to La Plata County Jail on two courtesy holds for Archuleta County. His bond for each charge was set at $3,000.