UPDATED: ISP continues investigation of inmate death


UPDATED: COLUMBUS, Ind.–There is a new development in a story from early October in which a Bartholomew County Jail inmate passed away. Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting states that at the time of her death, the toxicology test was positive for an unusually-high level of methamphetamine in Angela Blair, 42, of Elizabethtown. Law enforcement authorities added that it is unclear how Blair consumed that high of a dosage while incarcerated. Indiana State Police is continuing its investigation. The original story from October is below.

COLUMBUS, Ind.–After the death of an inmate at the Bartholomew County Jail on Saturday, an investigation is being conducted by the Indiana State Police. The initial report from ISP has determined that the jail staff responded to a cell after an inmate, Angela Blair, 42, of Elizabethtown, was apparently in need of medical attention. When they arrived at her cell and spoke to Blair, she allegedly collapsed and became unresponsive. Reports say the jail staff immediately provided her with medical treatment and called for an ambulance from Columbus Regional Health, but attempts to revive Blair were unsuccessful.  She was pronounced dead by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending at this time. Blair was serving a sentence for a probation violation on drug related charges.

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