J. Reuben Long Detention Center

The J. Reuben Long Detention Center is where inmates in Horry County are held before their trial. Photo by Christian Boschult 

A female inmate was found dead at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Saturday night, less than two days after she was booked on charges of driving under suspension, disorderly conduct and some drug charges, the Horry County Sheriff's Office said.

The Horry County Coroner's Office identified the deceased as 32-year-old Samantha Benson of Conway.

Benson was booked into jail around 10:30 a.m. Friday, HCSO said in a news release. Then on Saturday around 11 p.m., an officer at the jail found her unresponsive in a cell in the booking unit.

That officer alerted medical staff who performed CPR and requested EMS, HCSO said. When EMS got there, no pulse was found.

EMS "continued life-saving measures" while transporting her to Conway Medical Center where she was pronounced dead a little while after she arrived, the sheriff's office said. The coroner's office said she died at 11:47 p.m.

An autopsy is scheduled at the Medical University of South Carolina, the sheriff's department said. The coroner's office did not give a cause of death.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death, which is routine in the case of deceased inmates. The sheriff's department said a "preliminary internal investigation has indicated that no foul play has been detected."  

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Christian is Texas native who welcomes any chance to do a story in the marsh or on the beach. He's a dog park regular and enjoys spending time in the kitchen. He says his margarita recipes are better than anything you'll find in a restaurant.

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