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Howard County investigates death of inmate in jail

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Feb 26, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-27 14:26:16-05

KOKOMO — Howard County Sherrif's Department is investigating after an inmate was found dead at Howard County Jail.

Just before noon on Sunday, an inmate identified as Donald L. Helton Jr, age 64, was found unresponsive.

Medical personnel was called and CPR was immediately performed on the inmate, police said.

Mr. Helton was pronounced dead at approximately 12:05 p.m. His family has been notified.

An autopsy by the Howard County Coroner's Office ruled that there was no indication of foul play found.

The preliminary results show that Helton died from a heart related issue and of natural cause.

The final cause of death is pending toxicology testing which will take 6 to 8 weeks for results.

This is case is an ongoing investigation by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and the Howard County Coroner’s Office.