Anchorage inmate dies, no foul play suspected, DOC says
Last updated at 1:46 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6
Another inmate has died at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. Wednesday, the Department of Corrections issued a press release saying 48-year-old inmate Laurel Christine Hunter was found unresponsive in her cell during a security check by staff around 2:30 a.m.
Officers and medical staff attempted CPR, according to Alaska State Troopers. Emergency responders brought Hunter to Alaska Regional Hospital, but she was pronounced dead shortly after 3 a.m., DOC spokesman Corey Allen-Young stated.
Hunter had been in jail since July 4, when she was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Allen-Young said Hunter told them she had an acute medical condition. He said she was placed alone in a cell with a camera so she could be better observed by medical and security staff.
Allen-Young said in an email to KTVA that Hunter had received medical treatment before her death.
Hunter’s is the sixth death of someone in DOC custody this year. Allen-Young said her next of kin has been notified. Her death will be investigated by the department’s Professional Conduct Unit and the State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy.
KTVA 11’s Jeff Bridges contributed to this report.
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