31-Year-Old Female Inmate Died in Jail Monday

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Humboldt County Sheriff badgeOn Monday, May 15, 2017 at about 2115 hours a Correctional Deputy in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility was conducting a security check of the maximum security female unit when she discovered an inmate, who was housed alone, in their cell that appeared to be not breathing. Facility medical staff and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were immediately requested. Facility medical staff arrived on scene and along with Correctional staff began life saving measures. EMS arrived on scene and continued life saving measures but those measures were unsuccessful and the inmate was pronounced dead at 2130 hours by EMS on scene. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division responded to the scene and took possession of the deceased. Notification of next of kin was completed by the Coroner’s Office. The inmate was identified as 31 year old Erica Ekker of Eureka. The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to the Correctional Facility and are currently conducting an investigation.


William Honsal




  • John & Terry Schmidt

    What a tragedy. Our condolences to their family.

  • People that age don’t normally die of natural causes.

  • Veterans friend

    Very sad ending

  • She might have had some serious health issues that the staff doesnt care if you might die if you don’t get certain medications .She could have been diabetic got low blood and go into coma and died . Its just because they have had a few deaths in the jail ,and I wonder if the inmates get checked out ,but I think something is a miss here .I guess we wait and see.

    • MOGTX…All inmates receive a physical exam before being housed and are intensely monitored by staff and video surveillance. New arrivals receive increased supervision. Please respect her death without casting aspersion and unfounded accusations.

      • Wow! Not hard to figure out how YOU make a living!

      • Just My Opinion

        DAV, your full of crap!! Typical law enforcement propaganda. The fact is THOUSANDS of people die each year in prison, look it up! To say they are “INTENSELY monitored” shows your either fricken stupid as they come or Anon is right, it’s not hard to figure out what you do for a living. I lean towards the latter.

    • fakeemail@gmail.com

      yes , if i were to b arrested it could take up to 72 hours to have my medications authourized and/or prescribed by county,and be administered within county jail..i would be dead within 48 hours.this is not a functional system.

  • She ate the dope and it was too much!

  • I am so very sorry…prayers and positive energy to family.

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