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Coroners investigate mysterious death of Yakima County inmate

Coroners investigate mysterious death of Yakima County inmate

YAKIMA, Wash. - Detectives are working to determine a cause of death of a 35-year-old Corrections inmate.

The Yakima County Sheriffs (YCSO) reported 35-year-old Auburn man, Moon Martin's cellmate discovered him unresponsive in his bunk around 3:10 a.m., Wednesday.

Martin's cellmate informed staff that he would snore loudly at night and he would be checked on when his snoring abruptly stopped.

Corrections officers and medics arrived to try to revive Martin but were unsuccessful. Paramedics pronounced Martin deceased after an Advanced Life Support Ambulance arrived at the jail.

Reports said Martin was incarcerated at the Yakima County Department of Corrections (YCDC) since January 22, 2017, on a housing contract for the City of Puyallup. The inmate had no known medical issues and was not known to be involved in any incidents during his time at the YCDC.

Martin had recently graduated May 15, 2017 for completing a Chemical Dependency program according to officials.

YCS officials said the inmate was staying in Annex unit D where 54 inmates reside.

Coroners conducted Martin's autopsy Wednesday around 10:30 a.m.

After detectives interviewed fellow inmates, reviewed security video and coroners inspected the body, it was determined that foul play was not a factor in the inmate's death.

Detectives said there was no trauma to the body and coroners believe the cause of death was a buildup of fluid in the lungs possibly the result of an allergic reaction of some kind.

Coroners said toxicology results are pending and YCSO detectives are currently investigating.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 574-2500 or 800-572-0490.

Tips including anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 248-9980 or 800-248-9980 or online.

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