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Inmate Dies at Travis County Jail

Travis County officials say a 53-year-old woman died at the Travis County Correctional Complex located just east of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Laureen Butler from New Orleans was found unresponsive at around 3 a.m. Friday morning. Jail medical staff were called to the scene. The staff also called Austin/Travis County EMS and began administering lifesaving measures. EMS arrived on the scene a short time later but Butler was pronounced dead at 4:24 a.m.

A release from Travis County said Butler had been in custody at the jail since April 25th on a theft charge.

An internal investigation is already underway, which the release says it standard operating procedure. Initial information from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office and Sheriff's Detectives shows that Butler died of natural causes.

But an official ruling will not be made until toxicology reports and an autopsy is complete.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.