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Thursday 04/24/2014 4:19 PM - Inmate Death Update

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781 4547
Type of Incident: Inmate Death Update
Date and Time of Incident: 3-12-14, 1:49am
Place of Occurrence: Sierra Vista Medical Center, San Luis Obispo
Victim Information: Josey Richard Meche, 28, Transient
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: The Coroner's Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is releasing the cause and manner of death for a County Jail inmate who died at Sierra Vista Hospital on 3-12-14. An autopsy and toxicology tests have been completed Investigators list the cause of death for Josey Richard Meche as "Cardiac Dysrhythmia due to Acute Methamphetamine Toxicity with other significant conditions contributing to death, of Hyperthermia and Fatty Infiltration of Right Ventricular Wall." Generally speaking, Meche died of a methamphetamine-induced heart attack with contributing factors of hyperthermia and a fatty infiltration of the heart muscle. The manner of death is being ruled as accidental. Next of kin have been notified.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Thursday 04/24/2014 4:19 PM