Autopsy shows Cape Girardeau Co. inmate died from cardiac arrest

Inmate dies at Cape Girardeau Co. Jail

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - An autopsy on Tuesday, January 19 showed a Cape Girardeau County inmate died from cardiac arrest.

The 60-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell at the Justice Center on Saturday, January 16.

According to Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson, they were notified of the inmate’s death by his cellmate.

She said staff immediately responded and used an AED, as well as CPR until medical personnel arrived.

“The care and custody of those housed in our facility is a momentous responsibility not taken lightly,” Sheriff Dickerson said in a release. “Passing from natural causes is not something that can be predicted or prevented. Our condolences go out to the inmate’s family.”

The sheriff’s office said the toxicology report is still pending.

The autopsy was protocol for any death in the county’s Justice Center.

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