RUTHERFORDTON — Another inmate at the Rutherford County Detention Center overdosed Thursday, bringing the total of overdoses to six in only three days.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday an inmate was discovered to have overdosed. The inmate was taken to the hospital and later released and returned to the jail the same night, according to Sheriff Chris Francis.

On Wednesday, Andrew Franklin Hodge, 33, was found dead inside his cell from an apparent overdose.

Four inmates overdosed Tuesday. They were also taken to Rutherford Regional Hospital for treatment. All four were treated with Narcan by first responders. They were responsive before being taken to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The inmates were cleared from the hospital and returned to jail where they were placed in observation cells.

Francis said Friday he believes all six overdoses are related.

“We believe it’s a fentanyl substance,” Francis said of the potent dug responsible for the overdoses.

“We have conducted multiple searches,” he added about searching every cell in the jail. “Fentanyl is incredibly small and difficult to find.”

Hodge, 33, of Union Mills, was being held without bail on charges he fatally shot Thomas C. Liebel, 33, at his Candy Turf residence in July. Hodge fled the scene and was later arrested in Florida.

Francis has requested the State Bureau of Investigation to probe the death. The investigation remains ongoing.

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