Idaho prison (ISJ)

In this June 2018 Journal file photo, inmates walk between buildings at the Idaho State Correctional Institution, south of Boise. The state Board of Correction voted in July to support a $500 million plan to build a new prison to ease overcrowding.

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Correction is investigating the apparent suicide of an Idaho Maximum Security Institution inmate.

A correctional officer found Bowdrie Chatterton, 20, hanging in his cell at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday. Staff immediately initiated lifesaving  procedures and called 911. Ada County paramedics transported Chatterton to a Boise hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m.

Per IDOC policy regarding unattended inmate deaths in the South Boise Correctional Complex, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding Chatterton’s death.