[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:

Humboldt County Sheriff badgeOn Monday Friday, 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.



  • Trillium Hummingbird

    Isn’t this the 3rd or 4th lady dying at the jail this year?

  • On Monday, June 23?

  • I like the way they ask for information about this or other related activities but don’t (for good reason) identify who the person is.
    Are there qualified psychics waiting to provide tips in the Eureka area or is this is new version of the game Clue?
    Whoever the woman was, not a good way or place to leave this life. RIP

  • Sorry to hear of this. Condolences to the family.

  • So sad!! Way to young to die. Rip young lady.

  • RIP my dear Colleen. You will not suffer anymore. Your with your mom and grandma now.

  • live life hard and wrong-die hard. Quit the sympathy and use Colleen as an example to your teenagers of how this could happen to them if following the druggie life.
    Her 36 years showed she failed and chose her life’s path. No one else is to blame.

    • You don’t know a damn thing about this woman, do you? You seem to just be delighted that a person died.

    • You feel better now? Don’t you have some veteran’s funerals to disrupt when you’re done pouring salt into the wounds of this poor woman’s family?

  • Wow such compassion crime stopper….. Heil whom ever don’t forget your storm trooper boots ..the shit might get deep where your going.

  • I knew Colleen and her family very well. Unless u know the FACTS about Colleens death crime stopper shut your mouth. Colleen was not a druggie. She had severe medical problems she should have been watched. People in jail still deserve human respect.

    • Double speak outside of cheek

      She was a beautiful woman. So very sad. Her life has not been an easy one. Rest In Peace

  • My condolences to Colleen’s family.May she rest in peace 🕊

  • Colleen was a bad alcoholic​ and she did use drugs. But the last time I saw her she was in sobriety. I hope she didn’t relapse. Nevertheless that’s no reason to talk down on her. No one deserves to die alone in a place so cold. R.I.P. Colleen. My heart goes out to the ones that love her. God Bless

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