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Officials release identity of inmate found dead in Chelan County Jail cell; autopsy results confirm suicide

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Chelan County Jail and Regional Justice Center. (Photo courtesy of Chelan County)

WENATCHEE – Chelan County Coroner confirms the cause of death of Chelan County Regional Justice Center inmate Jeremy J. Lavender is suicide due to asphyxiation.

According to an email from Coroner Wayne Harries, an autopsy was performed Friday by Dr. Gina Fino on the 31-year-old inmate.

“The autopsy ruled out any injuries on his body except the ligature marks around his neck which are consistent with hanging,” Harris wrote in an email. “Manner of death is suicide.”

Blood samples were sent to the Washington State Patrol toxicology lab for testing and results are expected in six to eight weeks.

Original Report – Sept. 13, 2017

WENATCHEE – An Okanogan man was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday afternoon at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

Captain Jim West of the Wenatchee Police Department explained the sequence of events.

“Yesterday at about 2:30 p.m. RiverCom received a call from the Chelan County Regional Justice Center in regards to an inmate that was unconscious and not breathing” West said. “Staff there had started CPR and EMS was dispatched to respond. We’re continuing the investigation then once we get all of that in place we will put out more information for the public and the media.”

The deceased man has been identified as 31-year old Jeremy Lavender of Okanogan. Captain West says Lavender was originally arrested at the Walmart in Chelan back on September 3rd for theft and possession of a controlled substance.

The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit consisting of detectives from area police agencies and the Washington State Patrol is investigating the death.

(By Kaitlin Hetterscheidt, courtesy of ncwlife.com)

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