• Bill Raines

Indiana State Police Investigating Death of Inmate


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JENNINGS COUNTY - MAY 26,2022 -This morning, May 26, 2022, Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post were requested to investigate the death of an inmate that was housed at the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon, Indiana.

Shortly after 7:30 am, Corrections Officers with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office located a female inmate, Sandra I. Ray, age 35, North Vernon, Indiana unresponsive in her cell. Corrections Officers immediately began providing medical assistance and requested EMS respond to assist. Emergency personnel were unable to revive Ray. The Jennings County Coroner’s Office responded and soon pronounced her deceased.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Office requested the Indiana State Police investigate the death. The investigation by Detectives with the Versailles Post indicated Ray was incarcerated on an Operating While Intoxicated Charge after being arrested in the evening hours of May 24, 2022. During her incarceration, Ray was housed in a cell by herself and was the only person in her cell at the time of her death.

An autopsy was conducted this morning in North Vernon, Indiana. The results of the autopsy, as well as toxicology results, are pending, however, no foul play is suspected at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sandra Ray’s family has been notified.

The Indiana State Police has been assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office, North Vernon Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Jennings County EMS, North Vernon Fire Department, and the Jennings County Coroner’s Office.


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