Authorities release name of Roundup jail suicide victim

2013-02-03T15:42:00Z 2013-02-03T20:03:04Z Authorities release name of Roundup jail suicide victimGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
February 03, 2013 3:42 pm  • 

A man whom authorities believe killed himself in January while he was an inmate at the Musselshell County jail in Roundup has been identified as Rudolph Terrazas, 32, of Billings.

John Strandell, investigations chief for the Montana Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, released Terrazas' name on Feb. 1 and said that his department has concluded its investigation into his death.

Terrazas died on the morning of Jan. 28 while in custody at the jail. Sheriff Woody Weitzeil  said it appears he died of suicide by hanging and asked DCI to investigate.

In an email to the Gazette, Strandell said that the investigation into the death wrapped up late last week and that his department is working to schedule a coroner's inquest, which is required by law any time somebody dies while in law enforcement custody.

Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown will oversee the inquest, which will be held in Roundup at a later date.

Terrazas was being held at the jail on warrants out of Roosevelt County for driving without a license and driving without insurance, as well as warrants accusing him of failure to appear.

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