[UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Woman Identified] Woman Inmate Dies This Morning in Humboldt County Jail
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
MondayFriday, June 23, 2017 at about 0245 hours, a Correctional Deputy and Medical Staff in the Humboldt·County Correctional Facility were conducting routine medical checks of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility’s Medical Unit when they discovered an inmate, who appeared not to be breathing. The inmate was housed alone. Facility medical staff and Correctional Deputies began life saving measures. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were immediately requested. EMS arrived on scene and continued life saving measures. The female was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Upon arrival at the hospital, the inmate was pronounced deceased at 0320 hours. The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office Coroner Division responded and took possession of the deceased. The inmates name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to the Correctional Facility and is currently conducting an investigation.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: The inmate has been identified as Colleen Marie Branch, age 36, of Eureka.