Death of jail inmate investigated

July 21, 2008|By Gadi Dechter

A 50-year-old man died of unknown causes Friday evening at Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, officials said yesterday.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is investigating the death, said spokesman Mark Vernarelli. "The man had medical and addiction issues," Vernarelli said in a statement, "and there is absolutely no foul play suspected."

The detainee, whose identity was not released last night, arrived at the downtown jail just before midnight Thursday. Authorities found him unresponsive in his cell Friday about 5:10 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital less than an hour later.

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