Woman Inmate Dead in Mendocino Jail
Press release provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On April 10, 2015 at about 1:27 AM, correctional staff discovered an unresponsive inmate in her cell during a routine walk through. The 59-year old female was the sole occupant of the cell within a 19-person housing unit. The victim had last been seen sleeping about 40 minutes prior during an earlier cell check.
Responding correctional and medical staff determined that she was not breathing and had no pulse, and immediately began performing life-saving measures. Upon their arrival, emergency medical services took over care. The victim was pronounced dead at 2:00 AM. Nothing was discovered at the scene to suggest foul play.
The victim had been in custody since April 4, 2015 for possession of a controlled substance for sale charge.
The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.
A thorough death investigation is being conducted by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Bureau. An autopsy has been scheduled for today, April 10, 2015.