Alaska State Troopers say an Anchorage Jail inmate died Tuesday after he tried to kill himself in his cell Sunday, the third inmate held at the jail to have died in six weeks.
According to a Wednesday AST dispatch, Alaska Bureau of Investigation officials were informed just after 8 a.m. Sunday by the state Department of Corrections of an unresponsive inmate, later identified as 24-year-old Mark Bolus.
“(Bolus) was found alone in his cell unresponsive by DOC personnel who performed CPR on Bolus,” troopers wrote. “Bolus was transported by (emergency medical services) to a local hospital.”
According to AST, Bolus was pronounced dead Tuesday at about 3:45 p.m. His next of kin were present.
No foul play is suspected in Bolus's death, but his body will undergo an autopsy at the state medical examiner's office.
DOC spokesperson Sherrie Daigle says Bolus, who was first arrested in September 2009 for second-degree sexual assault and had been held since April 2 on a probation violation, had tried to hang himself using sheets from his bed. The incident was described in a Monday statement from the department.
"(Bolus) was found unresponsive in his cell by nursing personnel," DOC officials wrote. "Staff at the jail quickly intervened and performed CPR until EMS arrived. The inmate was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition."
Reached for comment Wednesday, Daigle says full details about the case had been withheld from the Monday release.
"He hung himself in his cell Sunday and he passed away Tuesday," Daigle said. "We weren't initially able to release the name due to privacy concerns."
DOC has also investigated the April 4 death of Anchorage Jail inmate Davon Mosley, 20, finding multiple ulcers during an autopsy. In a separate incident, 24-year-old Amanda Kernak was found dead at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River on April 10, after she was transferred to the Eagle River facility from the jail.
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