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Inmate dies at Mat-Su Pretrial

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:19 PM August 25, 2014

An inmate found unresponsive in her cell at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility Monday morning died shortly thereafter, according to the Department of Corrections.

Tisha Rochdi, 37, was jailed following a probation violation stemming from a 2013 felony DUI charge. Court records show she was prohibited from consuming alcohol until December 2018. Sherrie Daigle, a DOC spokeswoman, said Rochdi was intoxicated when she was arrested Sunday.

She was taken to Mat-Su Regional Hospital, where Daigle said she was medically cleared before being remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. Daigle said Rochdi was found unresponsive in her cell around 6:30 a.m. Monday. Prison staff performed CPR and called emergency medical services, Daigle said, but Rochdi was pronounced dead at 7:07 a.m., before she could be taken to a hospital.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office responded and the death remains under investigation by Alaska State Troopers, according to DOC. Daigle said there was “no trauma” and Rochdi’s death appears to be from natural causes.


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