Santa Fe County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of an inmate at the jail who might have taken his own life.

Torin Rocha, 31, of Santa Fe died at the jail around 8:15 a.m. Thursday, according to county spokeswoman Carmelina Hart. Rocha was booked into the jail Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, along with other charges. 

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Juan Ríos said although Rocha's death is still under investigation, the cause was likely suicide.

Rocha was not on suicide watch at the jail following his initial mental health examination when he was booked, Hart said, and he was last seen by a jail staff member an hour before he died.

Rocha's body was sent to the state Office of the Medical Investigator for further examination. 

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Candelaria Chacon

Im not at all surprised this young kid killed himself. The conditions they have you in at the Santa Fe County Jail are dehumanizing. Especially if they think you have narcotics weather you have drug charges or not. I was there recently and was dry celled 13days and they wouldn't let me shower the first 8 days. Plus they only flushed my toilet 4times out of the 13 days im supprised i didn't kill myself. They make sure u feel as dehumanized as possible someone needs to investigate this jail and put a stop to the horrible things there doing . No one should have to go threw what i did or lose someone cuz they would rather die than suffer.

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