Inmate dies in Travis County Jail cell

Eloy Villanueva
Eloy Villanueva (Travis County Sheriff's Office)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 43-year-old man who was booked into the Travis County Jail on July 8, died in custody a day later.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says Eloy Villanueva, of Austin, was found unresponsive in his cell at the 500 W. 10th St. location just after noon on July 9. CPR was performed as jail officials waited for EMS to arrive. Villanueva was pronounced dead at 12:51 p.m.

The Texas Rangers will assist in the investigation into Villanueva’s death as part of agency protocol. While foul play is not expected, the report of cause and manner of death will be finalized by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Villanueva was originally booked into the jail and charged with Obstruction, Criminal Trespass and Public Intoxication.

According to records with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, there have been three inmate deaths in the Travis County Jail this year. From 2007-2016, there have been a total of 39 inmate deaths in Travis County Sheriff’s Office custody. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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