LAMAR, Mo. — An autopsy has been ordered in the death this past weekend of a Joplin woman in custody at the Barton County Jail in Lamar.

The Barton County Sheriff's Department reported on its Facebook page Monday that a jailer discovered Colleen A. Blake, 33, dead in her jail cell early Saturday morning. The sheriff's office said an autopsy was scheduled with Frontier Forensics in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Vernon County Sheriff's Department has been asked to investigate the death.

Blake, who had been an inmate at the jail since Nov. 9, was being held on a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle and Lamar city charges of contempt of court and failure to pay fines.

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