The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 3, 2014

SRJ inmate death appears to be natural causes

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— A female inmate was discovered dead at Southern Regional Jail Wednesday morning, West Virginia Regional Jail Authorities reported Thursday.

Tammy Dixon, 40, appears to have died of natural causes, according to WVRJA spokeswoman Ashley Bennett.

“By all appearances, this appears to be a medical death,” said Bennett.

West Virginia State Police are investigating the death, which is standard procedure when an inmate dies while in custody, Bennett explained.

She added that Dixon’s family members had been notified of her death.

Trooper  B.A. Wood of the Beckley detachment is handling the investigation, but was unavailable for comment Thursday morning.