Montrose inmate’s death unnoticed for hours
MONTROSE, Colo. – Montrose County officials say an inmate apparently died in his sleep over the weekend, but no one realized it for up to 16 hours.
Authorities say 50-year-old Andrew “Shawn” Gibson was discovered dead in the work-release dormitory at about 5:40 p.m. on Saturday when another inmate tried to wake him.
Coroner Thomas Canfield says Gibson apparently died in his sleep 12 to 16 hours earlier.
Canfield hasn’t determined the cause of death. Sheriff Rick Dunlap says it appears Gibson died of natural causes.
It’s unclear why Gibson’s death went undetected for so long. Dunlap says jail procedures will be reviewed.
Dunlap says Gibson had been in the jail since Aug. 13, but he didn’t what he had been convicted of.
Information from: The Montrose Daily Press, http://www.montrosepress.com