UPDATE: Inmate dies at Kamloops jail; third in less than a year

The Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre

KAMLOOPS - Another inmate has died at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, making it the third to occur in a year. 

Details surrounding the case are still being confirmed, but Dean Purdy, chair of corrections and sheriffs services component of the B.C. Government and Service Employee’s Union, confirmed the death occurred Monday night, Sept. 21.

Purdy could only confirm a few details about the case. He says the death is being investigated internally and by the RCMP. A coroner's inquest is likely to follow, he says. 

"Any time there is an in-custody death it's very unfortunate," he says. 

In November 2014, Dylan Judd, 20, was unresponsive in his cell during early morning checks. The circumstances of his death will be examined in a coroner’s inquest this November.

Two months later Daryl Vic Belseck, 52, was found dead at the jail. His death was ruled as unsuspicious in nature.

"It's an unusually high year for inmate deaths," Purdy says. 

Cpl. Cheryl Bush, a spokesperson for the Kamloops RCMP, confirmed officers are investigating the case, but said no other details will be provided at this time. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 2:18 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015, to include more information from Dean Purdy.

— This story was updated at 3:49 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015, to include a statement from Cpl. Cheryl Bush.


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