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Investigation launched after in-custody death in Adelanto

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 49-year-old Adelanto man jailed at the High Desert Detention Center early Wednesday.

It happened on August 22, 2018, at about 5:20 am, when deputies responded to the facility regarding a report of an inmate who was not breathing and unresponsive.

Upon arrival, deputies found Scott Purdy on his bunk, not breathing, officials said.

“Deputies attempted life-saving measures until paramedics and fire personnel arrived on scene and pronounced Purdy deceased,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

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 an 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 www.wetip.com.

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