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Troopers investigating in-custody death of Sand Point woman

A 42-year-old Sand Point woman died Saturday after having a “medical emergency” while she was being held in the local jail.

Personnel at the locally operated jail notified police of an “inmate experiencing a medical emergency” on Saturday, according to an Alaska State Troopers statement.

Lori Wilson was transported to a local clinic.

“Life saving measures were unsuccessful,” the statement said.

Wilson’s body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy by the state medical examiner.

The Sand Point Police Department asked the Alaska State Troopers to assist with the investigation. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation, which is charged with investigating the deaths of people in police or corrections custody, is in charge of the case as of Monday.

Court records show that Wilson had been arrested the previous day for violating conditions of release on a prior driving under the influence misdemeanor charge.

In May, three people died in Alaska village jails in two weeks.

Michelle Theriault Boots

Michelle Theriault Boots is a reporter who covers news and features about life in Alaska, and has been focusing on corrections and psychiatric care issues in the state. Contact her at