Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

For immediate release: Alex Murphy

Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety

December 1, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigating Inmate Death

CERRO GORDO, Iowa -- On December 1, 2015, at approximately 6:50 AM, a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer discovered an unresponsive male in his jail cell.  Lifesaving efforts were immediately started and the man was transported to Mercy Hospital North Iowa where he was pronounced dead.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was asked to assist in this death investigation. An autopsy is scheduled at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.

No further information will be released at this time.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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