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Thursday August 23rd, 2018 :: 01:27 p.m. PDT


High Desert Detention Center- In custody death investigation

DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, August 22, 2018     6:00 a.m.
INCIDENT:    In-Custody Death Investigation
LOCATION:   High Desert Detention Center, Adelanto
VICTIM:          Scott Purdy, 49 years old, Barstow resident 
On August 22, 2018 at 5:20 a.m., deputies responded to the High Desert Detention Center regarding a report of an inmate who was not breathing and unresponsive.  Upon arrival, deputies found Purdy on his bunk, not breathing.  Deputies attempted life saving measures until paramedics and fire personnel arrived on scene and pronounced Purdy deceased.   
Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators responded and conducted an investigation.  The investigators found no evidence of injury to Purdy’s body and it was determined he suffered from multiple medical conditions.  The cause of Purdy’s death is pending autopsy. 
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Eric Dyberg at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at
Refer:             Detective Eric Dyberg or Sergeant Jerry Davenport
Station:           Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No.     (909) 387-3589
Case No.       DR#601800123       H#2018-081
John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department                    

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