UPDATE: Inmate's death not suspicious: RNC

Published on April 26, 2014
Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's. — Telegram file photo

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary does not believe the sudden death of a 37-year-old inmate in St. John’s Saturday morning is suspicious, based on its preliminary investigation.

According to a RNC news release, corrections staff at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary initiated life saving measures after the inmate was found in a non-responsive state inside his cell. Paramedics were immediately contacted, and the RNC’s communications centre received a call on the matter at 8:22 a.m.

The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the man’s family has been contacted and that his name will not be released. His death was first confirmed by the Department of Justice.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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(Earlier story)

The Department of Justice has confirmed an inmate was found dead at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s Saturday morning.

A spokesman for the department said there was no indication of foul play and that the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating.

Multiple police vehicles and a hearse were reportedly spotted outside the penitentiary Saturday morning.

The Telegram contacted the RNC and was still waiting for a response as of early Saturday afternoon.