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UPDATE: Autopsy results released after Peoria County jail inmate dies

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10:20 AM UPDATE: The Peoria County Coroner says 60-year-old Frederick Jamerson of Peoria was the inmate that died Tuesday morning at the Peoria County Jail.

Jamie Harwood says the autopsy was inconclusive, but did not demonstrate no evidence of trauma or injury. His COVID-19 test was negative. Additional testing is pending, as well as toxicology.

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UPDATE 5:40 P.M. -- Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the inmate was COVID-19 negative.

The autopsy was inconclusive and further studies are pending, but he also adds there was no trauma.

He expects to release the name on Friday.


PEORIA (WEEK) -- An inmate in the Peoria County Jail was found dead in his cell around 7:10 a.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff Brian Asbell said recovery efforts were made by jail staff and AMT but the male inmate was pronounced dead just before 7:45 a.m.

Asbell said the man had been booked into the jail on August 4 after an arrest by Illinois State Police.

He also said it's premature to comment on the manner of death -- by what appears to be medical in nature.

There's also no evidence that it's COVID-19 related -- but that will also be investigated, he said.

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