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

January 3, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigating Inmate Death

Cerro Gordo County, IOWA -- On January 2, 2016, at approximately 3:30 PM,  Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office correctional officers discovered an unresponsive male in a male dormitory.  Lifesaving efforts were immediately started by jail staff.  The Mason City Ambulance and Fire Department was also called to provide medical assistance.  The man was unable to be revived.

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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