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Jesse Ryan Athearn, 36, of Helena, died Thursday while incarcerated at the Jefferson County Detention Center. 

Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg said he is awaiting preliminary results from an autopsy, which was completed Friday. The cause and manner of death are pending. 

Backeberg is involved in the case because Jefferson County Sheriff/Coroner Craig Doolittle does not investigate deaths of people who died in the custody of the sheriff's office. 

The Montana Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigations is also involved in the case, which Backeberg said is not unusual for a death that occurred in jail. 

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Additional information will be released as it becomes available, Backeberg said.

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