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Inmate Found Dead Inside Riverside County Jail Cell

Sheriff's officials reported the death Monday, and are performing an autopsy to determine the cause.

An inmate was found dead in their cell at the downtown Riverside jail this weekend, but it's not yet clear what led to the death, sheriff's officials reported Monday.

According to sheriff's Sergeant Flores, the unidentified person was found Sunday afternoon when deputies performing a security check noticed the inmate was unresponsive.

"Deputies immediately began rendering emergency first aid and summoned on-site medical professionals, as well as emergency medical services," Flores said.  "Despite the life-saving efforts, the inmate was pronounced deceased."

The person was housed in an individual cell, and no foul play is suspected, according to the sergeant, who added that officials were performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

"Additionally, investigators from the Professional Standards Bureau also responded, which is standard protocol for in custody deaths," he said.

The inmate's identity was withheld pending family notification.

Renee Schiavone April 16, 2013 at 10:40 PM
@Diane-- It's the coroner's policy to not release the names of deceased until family members have been notified; which does often take days. They do that so a family member doesn't read their loved one's name in a news article without first hearing the news from the official source themselves.
Local Businessman April 17, 2013 at 04:40 AM
I guess y'all have been notified that this is a "dead" issue, so move on to other nasty comments now, please...
beaumontdave April 17, 2013 at 07:21 AM
ouch! rimshot, budoomp-boom!
Nelly April 17, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Do we know the inmates gender? Or did the coroner choose to with hold that information also?
Renee Schiavone April 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM
I just got the info from the coroner's office... here's the latest on ID: http://patch.com/A-3HM4

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