Iowa Department of Public Safety
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March 23, 2017


Iowa DCI Investigating Inmate's Death

CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa -- On March 23, 2017, at approximately 4:25 AM, a Cerro Gordo County inmate was found unresponsive in his detox cell. Jail staff started life saving measures, Mason City Fire Department Medics responded to the scene and transported the man to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa where he was pronounced dead.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was requested to investigate the death.  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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