State officials are conducting an investigation following the death of a Buchanan County inmate at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Woman in Mitchellville.

Kimberly Battle was pronounced dead due to an apparent suicide shortly after 3 PM Thursday, Iowa Department of Corrections officials said Friday in a press release.

Court records show the 27-year-old Battle was serving a four-year maximum sentence for assault causing injury to a peace officer. Her incarceration began on March 1.

According to corrections officials, an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of Battle's death. They said when a suspected suicide occurs, the department also conducts an investigation of the incident.

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