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Inmate found hanging in Allegheny County Jail cell dies

Aaron Aupperlee
| Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Allegheny County Jail
JUSTIN MERRIMAN
Allegheny County Jail

An inmate found hanging in his cell at the Allegheny County jail has died.

Ross Frye, 62, of Homestead died at 3:40 p.m. Friday, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.

County police are investigating.

Frye was found hanging in his cell Tuesday morning . Medical staff treated him at the jail and called paramedics who transported him to a hospital for treatment.

Frye died at the hospital, the county Medical Examiner's Office reported.

Frye was in jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and open lewdness after he could not post a $5,000 bail, according to court records. He was scheduled to be released Sept. 19 after his bail was reduced to zero. A Port Authority of Allegheny County police officer arrested Frye on Sept. 15.

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