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September 22, 2023
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Detectives Investigating Jail In-Custody Death, Autopsy Reveals Subject Died of Natural Causes

MEDFORD, Ore. – Detectives are investigating an Adult-In-Custody (AIC) death that occurred Thursday, July 27, at the Jackson County Jail. An autopsy conducted yesterday by an Oregon State Police (OSP) forensic pathologist revealed the AIC died of natural causes. The AIC was booked into the Jail on July 25, 2023, for local and out-of-state charges.

On Thursday, July 27, at approximately 5:50 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Corrections deputies and Jail medical staff responded to a 64-year-old AIC in apparent medical distress. Jail staff began life-saving measures and called for emergency medical services. The AIC was pronounced deceased at 6:30 p.m.


The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated, which is standard procedure with in-custody deaths at the Jail. OSP is the lead agency on this case and the investigation is ongoing. Out of respect for the family’s privacy during this difficult time, the AIC’s name will not be released by JCSO. There is no further information available for release at this time.

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