Sheriff’s Office: inmate died in custody in May

Woman’s death caused by hypertensive heart disease, autopsy showed

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

A Johnson County Jail inmate died while in custody last month.

According to a news release from Sheriffy Lonny Pulkrabek, at 4:19 p.m. May 31, deputies were called to the female cell block of the jail for an unresponsive inmate. Responding deputies discovered the inmate, 47-year-old Gwendolyn Bolen, of Coralville, was not breathing and had no pulse.

Jail personnel initiated resuscitation efforts and the Johnson County Ambulance Service was called toe the jail. Bolen was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she was pronounced dead at 5:13 p.m.

Pulkrabek said an investigation into Bolen’s death was launched and an autopsy determined she died from hypertensive heart disease. The sheriff’s office received the autopsy findings on Friday.

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