Olmsted County Adult Detention Center detainee found dead; investigation launched

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(ABC 6 News) – The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) reported on Tuesday the death of a detainee at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.

The OCSO said 59-year-old detainee, Russell James Simon, Jr., was discovered not breathing by a detention deputy during a routine well-being check around 5:00 a.m. Monday.

The deputy summoned additional support and resuscitation efforts began immediately with Mayo Clinic Ambulance being called to assist, according to the OCSO. However, the efforts were unsuccessful as Simon, Jr. passed away.

Simon, Jr’s next of kin have been notified, said the OCSO. He was being held on felony assault charges and a Minnesota Department of Corrections hold.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has taken over the investigation. The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will be performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

ABC 6 News will provide further information when it becomes available.