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

For immediate release:  


March 25, 2017


Name Released in Cerro Gordo County
Inmate Death

CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa -- The Cerro Gordo County inmate found unresponsive in the detox cell on March 23, 2017, has been identified as Taras Devlin Roan, 54, of Mason City, Iowa.  Roan had been arrested on the evening of March 22, 2017, by the Mason City Police Department for assault and public urination.  Roan was the lone occupant in the detox cell, which is video monitored.

An autopsy was performed on March 25, 2017, by Dr. Francis Garrity from the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner. The cause of death has been determined to be heart attack, related to atherosclerosis disease.  The manner of death was determined to be natural. There were no signs of trauma found at autopsy.

The DCI investigation determined there was no foul play involved in Roan’s death. 

No further information will be released.


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

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