Investigation concluded into the death of a jail inmate
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office has concluded the investigation into the death of a jail inmate that occurred in July. 35-year-old Andrea Roberts was found unresponsive in her cell on Saturday July 15th. The jail supervisor that discovered her immediately began efforts to resuscitate and La Porte County Emergency Medical Service transported her to La Porte Hospital where she was pronounced dead. At the direction of Sheriff Boyd, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office along with investigators from the La Porte County Drug Task Force began an investigation into the incident. The La Porte County Coroner’s Office also conducted a full forensic autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The results of the autopsy and toxicology testing determined that Andrea Roberts death was caused by an accidental overdose of narcotics and that there were lethal amounts of fentanyl in her system. La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd was advised by the investigators on the case that the inmates who may have knowledge of how the narcotics were brought in to the jail were not cooperative and would not give statements. At this point, due primarily to the lack of cooperation in the investigation, detectives are not able to prove who smuggled the narcotics into the jail or who may have supplied them to Andrea Roberts. A separate investigation resulted from this case and did lead to charges being filed against inmates that were smuggling narcotics into the jail.
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