WCI Inmate Found Unresponsive in Cell
Death Being Investigated as a Homicide; Potential Suspect Identified

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TOWSON, MD (September 22, 2011)---A 53-year old inmate serving life for sex crimes and kidnapping was found unresponsive in his cell at Western Correctional Institution (WCI) Thursday night. His death is being investigated as a homicide; a potential suspect has been identified. However, the cause and manner of death will not be official until the investigation advances and the medical examiner makes a determination.

The incident occurred in a segregation housing unit at WCI, a maximum-security Division of Correction prison on U.S. 220 at Cresaptown, three miles southwest of Cumberland.

A correctional officer on routine duty at approximately 8:30 p.m. found the inmate, and immediately called for medical personnel, who began CPR on the unresponsive victim. He was taken by Cresaptown ambulance to the local hospital and pronounced dead there.

The Internal Investigative Unit (IIU) of the Md. Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional Services is on the scene. Detectives are working with WCI staff and have notified Md. State Police.

By law, Maryland State Police will be the lead investigative agency in suspected Division of Correction homicide cases, and questions about the investigation of the case should be directed to them with the understanding that the investigation is ongoing.

WCI houses approximately 1700 male inmates.