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Inmate found dead Friday was 5th to die in Alaska prisons this year

Sean Doogan

Kirsten M. Simon, 33, an inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, was found dead inside her holding cell Friday evening, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said an officer found Simon, not breathing and with no pulse, during a security check of her cell at 6:39 p.m.

Alaska Department of Corrections Deputy Director Sherrie Daigle said Simon was brought to the Anchorage jail at 1:40 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for second-degree theft and forgery. The agency said no foul play is suspected in Simon's death, and the state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy. Daigle said Simon denied having any medical issues at the time she was booked into the jail.

According to DOC, Simon's is the fifth death inside Alaska jails this year. On April 4, Davon Mosley, 20, died at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. On April 10, corrections officers at Hiland Mountain Women's Prison, in Eagle River, found 24-year-old Amanda Kernak dead inside her cell. Mark Bolus, 24, was found hanged in a cell at Anchorage Correctional Complexon May 11 and died two days later. Details about the fifth death are unknown.

In Mosley and Kernak's cases, the Alaska Department of Corrections said the deaths were due to the inmates' medical conditions. Mosley had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to his family, and an autopsy showed he died from bleeding ulcers. Kernak's family said she had heart problems and was withdrawing from alcohol.

Correction: This story originally said that Simon was brought the Anchorage jail on Friday. She was actually booked into the jail on Thursday.

Reach Sean Doogan at sean@alaskadispatch.com.

 


By SEAN DOOGAN
sean@alaskadispatch.com