An inmate was pronounced dead at the Sheriff’s Office this morning, and investigators have already been on-site to look over what occurred, according to Polk County Sheriff’s Office personnel.
Jail Administrator Major Rachel Haddix reported that no signs of foul play are involved in the death of Douglas Colvin, who was jailed on a probation violation and failure to appear charge.
Here’s the full release from the Sheriff’s Office:
An inmate housed at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was pronounced deceased in the early morning hours of March 15, 2021. The inmate, Douglas Colvin, was a 60-year-old male being housed for Failure to Appear and Violation of Probation.
At approximately 0500 hours, an inmate worker notified Central Control that Mr. Colvin was dead in his cell. Jail Deputies quickly responded to the scene where they found Mr. Colvin in his cell. The Jail Deputies were unable to find a pulse or verify any signs of life from Mr. Colvin. EMS and the Coroner’s Office were notified and responded to the jail.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has been called to investigate the in-custody death. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a parallel investigation into the incident as well.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Colvin.
-Sheriff Johnny Moats
The family was notified earlier this morning of Colvin’s passing by Sheriff Moats, Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon and Polk County Coroner Norman Smith.
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