Inmate dies inside Clallam Bay prison

Person was found unresponsive in cell

CLALLAM BAY — An autopsy is scheduled today on an inmate who was declared dead Sunday evening at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center.

Clallam Bay staff called in “advanced lift support/CPR in progress” at about 6 p.m. Sunday for an inmate who was not breathing, Clallam County Sheriff Brian King wrote in a Tuesday morning email.

The inmate, who was not identified, was declared deceased by the medical staff and a Clallam County deputy arrived about 7 p.m. to begin the death investigation.

“Our deputy summoned the coroner’s office, who also responded. An autopsy is pending and that is scheduled to occur (today). We will have detectives at the autopsy,” King wrote.

“While there is no evidence of homicidal violence, there is some suspicion as it relates to the cause and manner of death. We will know more following the autopsy and toxicology results,” he wrote.

“We know that toxicology can take some time and autopsy results may not be available until toxicology returns. It is an active investigation and we will certainly know more in the coming weeks (or months depending on how (today) goes).”


Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at

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