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District Attorney releases identity of Inyo County Jail inmate who passed away on Christmas Eve.

By Seth Conners

According to Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy, the inmate who passed away at the Inyo County Jail on December 24th, was 46 year old Theresa Hooper of Bishop.  Ms. Hooper had been serving a sentence for misdemeanor offenses at the time of her death.

An autopsy was conducted on December 30th, by a medical examiner from the office of the Orange County Coroner in Santa Ana, California.  The cause of death has not been established, pending the completion of toxicological tests.  Results from these tests may not be received for several weeks.  The medical examiner verbally reported to the District Attorney Investigator that there were no signs of physical trauma.

While the investigation remains ongoing, it still appears that no foul play was involved in MS. Hoopers tragic death.

Further updates will be provided when additional information is available.


Inmate found dead in her cell on Christmas Eve.

By Seth Conners

According to a press release from Inyo County Sheriffs Office, on Saturday December 24th, at approximately 5 am, Inyo County Jail staff was conducting wakeup at the facility.  While doing so the jail staff attempted to wake up a 46 year old female who was in a cell by herself.  Jail staff found the 46 year old female unresponsive and it was determined that she was deceased.  No foul play is suspected.

The identity of the deceased female has not been released due to notification of next of kin.  Investigators from the Sheriffs Department and the District Attorneys office responded to the death.  As a protocol, the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office is handling the in-custody death investigation.  According to Tom Hardy at the D A’s office, the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office confirms that the Sheriff’s Department has, per standard protocol, requested the office to assume investigation of the December 24th death of the Inyo County Jail inmate.  Again the initial inquiry does not indicate any foul play.  The investigation is in its initial stages, and more information will be released when it is appropriate.