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 2, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Name Released in Cerro Gordo County Inmate Death

CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa -- The Cerro Gordo County Jail inmate that was found unresponsive in his cell yesterday has been identified as Dacota Alan Witham, 28, of Mason City, Iowa. Witham was the only occupant of the cell at the time of the incident.

An autopsy was performed today by Dr. Michele Catellier of the Iowa Office State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.  The cause of death has not been determined at this time.  There was no sign of trauma and additional laboratory tests will be done.  The results of those tests and complete autopsy results may take several weeks.

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

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