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Inmate Death at La Porte County Jail

(La Porte, IN) - Police are investigating the death of an inmate in the La Porte County Jail. The only information available at this time is contained in a news release issued Tuesday evening by the La Porte County Sheriff's Department.


According to the report, 45-year-old Joel Ohms was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday morning.  After being transported to nearby Northwest Health, Ohms was pronounced dead just before 7:30 a.m.


Ohms had reported to jail Monday night to begin serving a series of three one-day sentences related to a drunk driving incident last year. He was scheduled to be released Tuesday night and return the following two Mondays.


No further information has been revealed about the incident, as an investigation into Ohms’ death continues. The Indiana State Police and the the La Porte County Coroner's Office are assisting.

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