CHARLOTTE COUNTY - The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office discovered a body near its jail when conducting its daily patrol. Detectives identified the body as 55-year-old Janice Lynn Ridgeway who was arrested on battery charges early Monday morning.

Ridgeway was released later that day just before 12:30 p.m. Detectives believe Ridgeway stayed on site through the evening until she was found dead. Medical examiners are working to identify her cause of death. Ridgeway's next of kin has been notified. 

"What we have right now is a deceased person in the outside kind of waiting area for our outside visitation building. it's a separate building from the jail facility and the body was discovered this morning while the jail personnel were on their regularly scheduled patrols of the property," Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Katie Heck said. 

The investigation is ongoing.