An inmate in the custody of the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention died on January 31 at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle.
The 32-year old woman from Seattle was found unresponsive by jail staff during an initial headcount at 6:54 am. Officers immediately called for Jail Health staff. 9-1-1 was notified. Jail Health staff responded, but the woman was pronounced dead by medical responders at 6:56 am.
The woman was booked into the King County jail in downtown Seattle on January 25 on multiple misdemeanor charges.
A determination regarding the cause and manner of death is pending from the King County Medical Examiner. Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking permission from family members to release further details.
As part of the standard review process for jail-related deaths, the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention will work with Public Health - Seattle & King County to conduct an internal investigation. The Seattle Police Department will also conduct an independent investigation.