Police investigate inmate death at Whitley County Jail

Jail Cell
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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) — Indiana State Police are investigating the death of an inmate at the Whitley County Jail who was found unconscious early Monday morning in his cell.

Jail confinement officers called for EMS after finding 51-year-old Brian R. Gurchiek of Columbia City during a routine check at around 1:30 a.m., according to a press release issued by Indiana State Police.

The officers tried to revive Gurchiek until medical personnel arrived. He was pronounced dead after medics worked for about 40 minutes to save his life.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department made the request to have Indiana State Police conduct an investigation into Gurchiek’s death. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday morning.

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