Inmate dies inside Peoria County Jail, Coroner confirms identity

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — On Friday, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood released the identity of an inmate who died in the Peoria County Jail Thursday morning.

Coroner Jamie Harwood confirmed 60-year-old Frederick Jamerson of Peoria died inside his cell after being found unresponsive.

Harwood said the autopsy on the inmate was inconclusive. Harwood also said the inmate tested negative for COVID-19 and there were no signs of trauma from the death. More testing, as well as a toxicology report, is pending.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said Jamerson was found unresponsive inside his cell around 7:10 a.m. Thursday. Asbell said jail staff, Limestone Fire, and AMT tried to resuscitate the inmate but were ultimately unsuccessful. The inmate was pronounced dead around 7:42 a.m.

Asbell said the inmate was booked into the facility on Aug. 4 after an arrest by the Illinois State Police. Asbell said the manner of death appeared to be medically related, though an autopsy has not been conducted yet.

An investigation is ongoing and the Peoria County Coroner is additionally investigating. More information is expected to be released moving forward.

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