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Investigation Continues in Jail Death of National City Man After Autopsy is Inconclusive

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The Medical examiner He said that after an autopsy, officials could not yet determine the cause of death of a National City man in San Diego Central Prison, but more tests were pending.

Deputies in the downtown detention center found Lonnie Newton Rupard, 46, unconscious and indifferent in solitary confinement at about 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Office.

Prison staff tried in vain to resuscitate the detainee before ambulances arrived, who undertook rescue efforts and transported him to a hospital. Doctors there confirmed his death.

Rupard did not appear to have suffered any traumatic injuries and investigators found no suspicious circumstances in connection with his death, said Sheriff Lieutenant Joel Stranger.

Officials at the Medical Examiner’s Office noted: “There was no evidence of injury and Rupard was probably not positive for illegal substances,” Stranger said. “The cause and manner of death are pending laboratory results and further evaluation.”

Rupard has been in county jail since Dec. 19, when National City police arrested him for allegedly violating the terms of his conditional release from state prison. He had served almost two years in office following a conviction for assault in 2019, the lieutenant said.

– City news service


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