AUGUSTA — A 34-year-old male inmate was found dead early Tuesday morning at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility during a routine check by corrections officers.

“At approximately 3:45 a.m. during a routine check of inmates at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility, a 34-year-old male was discovered to be unresponsive,” Kennebec County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Read said in a news release.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause, Reed said.

“Corrections officers began CPR while Augusta Emergency Medical Services were called,” Read said in the release. “The man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased on the scene.”

Read said the state police Major Crimes Unit is independently investigating the death and the Major Crimes Unit of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office is working on an internal investigation.

“The name of the deceased is not being released pending the notification of next of kin,” Read said.

“More information will be released once the investigation is complete,” he added.


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