Female inmate found dead in cell at Larimer County Jail

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A 30-year-old female inmate was found dead in her Larimer County Jail cell Tuesday morning.

Jail staff were alerted to an unresponsive inmate at 4:57 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. Deputies, jail medical staff and UCHealth EMS attempted to revive her, but she was pronounced dead. 

The inmate’s identity has not been released.

The Eighth Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team responded and is investigating the death.

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CIRT is a multi-agency team most commonly known for investigating police shootings. CIRT can also investigate incidents involving officers that result in serious injury or death, including car crashes, as well as incidents in the Larimer County Jail.

The team’s investigation into the inmate’s death is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time, according to Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Moore. 

Moving forward, updates will be release by Fort Collins Police Services, which is the lead agency for the CIRT investigation.

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This is at least the third inmate death at Larimer County Jail in the past three years.

Daniel Reffett, 43, was found unresponsive on Jan. 25, 2019, and died on Feb. 10 at Medical Center of the Rockies. His death was ruled a suicide.

Prior to that, 35-year-old inmate Lacy Briles died one day after being found unresponsive in the jail in December 2017. Her death was also ruled a suicide. 

Moore could not confirm Tuesday whether there had been additional deaths in the jail since Reffet’s death. The Coloradoan has submitted a records request for that information.

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