Rathdrum man dies in Kootenai County Jail cell

Man found dead in Kootenai Co. jail cell

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said a jail inmate at the Kootenai County jail was found unconscious in his jail cell and later died on Monday.

According to officials, deputies at the jail found a 71-year-old male alone and unconscious in his cell around 4:00 p.m. Medical personnel was called to the scene but the male was pronounced dead.

Detectives with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department were called to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

The 71-year-old male is from Rathdrum. His identity is being held pending notification of next of kin.

Deputies said the man was booked on February 26 for a DUI charge and was scheduled to be released Monday.

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