Jail inmate dies by his own hand

Montrose authorities Monday said an inmate at the Montrose County Jail who attempted suicide last week has died, while the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office remains tight-lipped about a male inmate found hanging in his cell Saturday morning.

Dylan A. Blodgett, 23, of Gunnison, was identified Monday by Montrose County spokeswoman Katie Yergensen as the inmate who died after being treated as St. Mary’s Hospital. Blodgett was found unresponsive and not breathing in his cell during a twice hourly cell check around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities have said.

Deputies attempted CPR and managed to resuscitate him, she said. Blodgett was being housed in a maximum security male-only section of the jail, Yergensen said.

Blodgett was arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion of criminal impersonation, false reporting, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. He was also wanted for a Gunnison County warrant for escape from a community corrections facility.

Mesa County sheriff’s spokesman Henry Stoffel said the agency will not identify the inmate reportedly found unresponsive and hanging at 11 a.m. Saturday in his cell. They agency will not name the inmate because he’s considered an at-risk adult and disclosure of his name is “contrary to the public interest,” Stoffel said.

“If his condition was to ever change for the worse the coroner may release that information,” he said.

The inmate was said as of Saturday to be in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital.

While investigators were reviewing circumstances in the case, foul play was not suspected, the agency said.

An investigation was ongoing as of Monday.


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