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Kentucky State Police Investigates Death Investigation in Harlan County

From KSP Post 10 Harlan -

Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call from Harlan County Detention Center on October 31, 2021 at approximately 3:20 a.m.


The detention center advised they located an inmate unresponsive. KSP Trooper Brandon Pierson along with Det. Jacob Middleton responded and began an investigation.


Deputy Coroner Jim Rich responded and pronounced the inmate deceased at the detention center. An autopsy is scheduled at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville. No foul play is suspected.


Case is still under investigation by Det. Jacob Middleton.


KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of every investigation. To protect the integrity of this ongoing investigation, it is KSP’s Standard Operating Procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered. Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.

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