Coroner rules inmate died of natural causes

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Mesa County, Colo. -- Just after midnight on Apr. 16, an inmate at the Mesa County Detention Facility was found to be unresponsive and not breathing.

24-year-old Tomas A. Beauford had experienced some medical issues earlier that evening, but had a history of health issues. Detention and medical staff were aware of that and were monitoring him closely.

The Mesa County Coroner has completed their autopsy and ruled it a natural death due to his seizure disorder. Investigators were called into the jail and conducted a death investigation. Tomas was housed alone and foul play was not expected.

Tomas was a Colorado Department of Human Services Regional Center client. His most recent booking into the Mesa County Detention Facility was for multiple assault charges and lawful sexual contact with multiple victims. He had been in the facility since Feb. 29, 2014.

The last in-custody death in the Mesa County Detention Facility was in 2010.



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