An Anchorage Jail inmate was found dead in a holding cell Friday evening, with Alaska State Troopers reporting no foul play suspected but little information immediately available about the circumstances.
In an AST dispatch late Friday, troopers say Alaska Bureau of Investigation personnel responded to the jail following a report just before 7 p.m. that Anchorage woman Kirsten M. Simon, 33, had died in the booking area.
“Investigation revealed Simon was alone in her cell at the time of her death,” troopers wrote. “During a security check at (6:30 p.m.) a corrections officer discovered Simon not breathing and with no pulse.”
Medics from both the state Department of Corrections and outside the jail were called, with Simon declared dead at 6:50 p.m.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the investigation into Simon’s death is in very preliminary stages. While the state medical examiner’s office has taken custody of Simon’s remains, an autopsy is not expected to take place until next week.
“That hasn’t happened yet, and it won’t occur until Monday or Tuesday,” Peters said.
Simon’s death follows those of two Anchorage-area inmates in April, both of which DOC says were subsequently attributed to natural causes by autopsies.
Twenty-year-old Davon Mosley, who died at the Anchorage Jail April 4, was found to have bleeding from more than a dozen internal ulcers. Amanda Kernak, 24, was found dead in a Hiland Mountain Correctional Center cell April 10 after being transferred from the Anchorage Jail; DOC says her autopsy revealed “natural causes secondary to complications of severe liver disease.”
Simon’s next of kin have been notified.
According to DOC spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle, Simon was booked into the Anchorage Correctional Complex on June 5 around 1:40 p.m. on Theft and Forgery charges. At intake, Simon denied any medical conditions.
"The Department investigates every unexpected in custody death but the final results of the investigation will not be known until the State Medical Examiner’s office completes an autopsy," said Daigle.