Idaho State Correctional Institution

Inmates are seen at the Idaho State Correctional Institution this summer.

The Idaho Department of Correction is investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate at the prison south of Boise.

Staff at the Idaho State Correctional Institution found Chancey Lee Baker, 37, hanging in a search enclosure at 8:36 p.m. Tuesday, according to an IDOC news release. He was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m.

The IDOC offender search website shows Baker was given a prison sentence for a lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor in 2003, and in 2013 he was sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender.

The offender search listed him as “in transit,” which IDOC spokesman Jeff Ray explained means he was in the process of being moved to a new housing unit at the time of his death.

Baker had two ongoing court cases related to a case out of Homedale while he was on parole. Baker was one of three people accused of tying up a woman and locking her in a makeshift room in a dairy barn in December in Owyhee County. He was also charged with 21 felonies of lewd conduct or sexual abuse of a child stemming from the December incident. Those cases had jury trials set to begin in January.

Ray told the Idaho Press Baker has been in and out of IDOC custody since 2004. He was most recently in IDOC’s custody June 28 when he was moved from the Owyhee County jail to the Idaho State Correctional Institution.