The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was requested to investigate the death of an inmate in custody at Carter County jail early Thursday morning.
A jailer found 41-year-old Wayne Lafon Bowker unresponsive in his cell, in which he was the sole occupant, around 2 a.m. Thursday. Bowker was then rushed to a local hospital where medical personnel pronounced him dead, according to an OSBI press release.
No signs of trauma were apparent on his body. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, the release says.
OSBI said agents are in the process of interviewing those at the jail to gather as much information as possible.
Bowker was arrested March 23 by an Ardmore police officer for possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Carter County Court records show he was facing charges for possession of cocaine with a $15,000 bond set at his initial appearance March 23.

He was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing last week with his formal arraignment set for July 13, court records show. His last known address was in Tulsa, OSBI officials said.

Since OSBI is a request agency, they have to be requested by a law enforcement agency before investigating, OSBI spokesperson Jessica Brown said. Each individual jail has their own policies and there are actually many that investigate their own deaths, she said.

Capt. Daron Henry with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said as far as he knows, it is their policy to contact OSBI whenever a death occurs, even if there’s nothing suspicious about it.

Brown also said, of the inmate deaths OSBI does investigate, a lot actually occur in single jail cells.