Female inmate death under investigation

Reported by: Terri Hendry
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Updated: 8/26/2014 10:53 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a female inmate. On Tuesday, detectives identified the inmate as 31-year-old Kerry Roop of Reno.
Lt. Tom Green said Roop was booked into the jail on Friday and was found in her cell early Sunday. "Just before 5 a.m., the deputy was doing a unit check and found her unresponsive."

He also said she had a cellmate and was in the general population unit. However, Green added the cellmate was not a suspect and authorities did not suspect foul play.

Green said Roop was booked on a contempt of court violation and was on a 48-hour hold ordered by a Washoe County Specialty Court. He would not specify which court, but Washoe County has Speciality Courts handling cases dealing with drugs, substance abuse, mental illness or veterans. 

Roop is the fourth inmate death within the past thousand days at the Washoe County Jail. "One of those was the result of a drug overdose," said Green. "Two were from natural causes and this fourth death is still under investigation."

Given the jail population, Green said he felt the number of deaths over this time period was low. "Given that a lot of the people we have come into our custody are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or they don't take care of themselves, they live a high risk lifestyle."

Green said one of the most critical responsibilities of the jail is the care and custody of those who are locked up due to legal reasons. "Anytime there is an inmate death, we initiate an investigation."

The Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine Roop's cause of death. The results, including toxicology tests, could be known within six to eight weeks.

You can read more about the death and investigation in this news release by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
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