Department of Corrections officials report the death of an inmate early Monday morning at the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility.
DOC representative Sherrie Daigle said 37-year-old Tisha Rochdi was found unresponsive in her cell at 6:30 a.m., and despite life-saving measures, was pronounced dead at 7:07 a.m.
Alaska State Troopers were called to investigate, and so far there have been no signs of foul play, no signs of trauma on her body. The State Medical Examiner’s office has taken custody of Rochdi’s body.
According to Daigle, women are held in dorm-like settings at the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility, in large rooms with bunk beds. Other women being held with Rochdi were interviewed about the circumstances surrounding her death.
Rochdi was being held on a probation violation on the original charge of a felony DUI at the time of her death. Next of kin have been notified.
Daigle said Monday that since January 1, only nine inmates have died while in the custody of the DOC. Of those, only one death was ruled to be from unnatural causes.