Montgomery County inmate found unresponsive; death investigation underway

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Texas Rangers, are investigating the death of 49-year-old Robert Paul Cantrell, an inmate at the Montgomery County Jail.

Cantrell was found by jail staff around 4:18 a.m. July 23 hanging from an apparent suicide. Jail staff reportedly removed the ligature and began CPR on Cantrell and called for EMS personnel. Despite lifesaving measures that were continued by Conroe Fire Department EMTs and EMS staff upon their arrival, Cantrell died.

The sheriff’s office is awaiting results of an autopsy and toxicology reports.

Cantrell had been in police custody since Dec. 30, 2018, when he was arrested by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies for Robbery and Evading in a Motor Vehicle.

“As the initial investigation continued, Mr. Cantrell was found to be in possession of over 60 forms of identifying information including driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, credit and debit cards, insurance cards, Lonestar cards and birth certificates that did not belong to him and additional charges were applied,” a statement from the sheriff’s office reads.

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