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Visitor Gets Trapped In Jail For More Than 30 Hours

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Cooks County, IL-An investigation is underway after a visitor got trapped inside an Illinois jail for more than a day.

It happened over the July 4th weekend at Chicago’s Cook County Jail.

The jail's executive director says the man was visiting his son when he somehow ended up inside a room that wasn't being used.

The steel door closed, which trapped the visitor inside for more than 30-hours.

Luckily, the man broke a fire sprinkler head and firefighters discovered him.

"He was processed in and told to go down the hall and stay to the right. And he did that and encountered a visiting room for a whole other unit in our maximum security division," said Executive Director of the Cook County Jail Cara Smith. "He went into that room through two steel doors, both of which shut behind him and he was locked in."

She says the man told her it took him two hours to realize he was in the wrong room.

The Chicago Fire Department was alerted Monday morning and were able to get him out of the room.

Smith says they will get to the bottom of this.They want to know why no one noticed the man didn't check out.

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