Inmate found dead at Mesa County Detention Facility

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MESA COUNTY, Colo – (UPDATE 1/2): The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Brittany Matthews, a 36 year-old female resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. Ms. Matthews was the inmate found unresponsive the morning of December 19, 2019.

Her cause of death is complications of chronic alcoholism and the manner is natural.

(UPDATE 12/20): The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has identified the inmate found unresponsive in the Mesa County Detention Facility Thursday as 36-year-old Brittany Matthews of Grand Junction.

According to the Coroner’s Office toxicology is pending at this time, but there were no injuries found during the autopsy and it does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

ORIGINAL: Just before 7:00 Thursday morning, a female inmate in the Mesa County Detention Facility was found unresponsive in her cell by staff when attempting to serve the morning meal. Deputies and nursing staff immediately rendered aid and performed CPR. Emergency medical services (EMS) were also dispatched.

Multiple attempts at resuscitation by jail staff and EMS personnel were unsuccessful. She was later pronounced deceased.

At this time, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Mesa County Coroner’s Office are investigating.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death. The Coroner’s Office will also release the inmate’s identity after next of kin has been notified.

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