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Two Dover jail deaths ruled untimely

Union Leader Correspondent

November 13. 2017 11:58PM
Two inmates died at the jail in Dover this summer. Officials released the cause of death Thursday. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

DOVER — Law enforcement officials in Dover have released the causes of death for two inmates who passed away in the county jail in August.

Strafford County Sheriff David Dubois said no illicit drugs were found in either case. He presented a final report to the county commissioners during a meeting last week.

Mark Delisle, 42, a federal inmate, died of complications related to morbid obesity Aug. 13. He was alone in his cell and was found unresponsive at 5:30 a.m.

On Aug. 28, Paul Raymond, 50, died of complications related to chronic alcoholism and was found unresponsive in his cell at 3 a.m. The Dover man was brought to the jail by police the afternoon before and he was being held there in protective custody.

Both cases were classified as untimely deaths.

Acting Superintendent Capt. Chris Brackett said Friday the jail has a budget for medical care but the people who are brought to the facility are not always in good health.

“We don’t want anyone to get injured or hurt in our facility, but there are things that are beyond the circumstances of our control,” Brackett said.

Brackett said these are the only deaths in the jail this year.

The jail houses local and federal inmates, as well as illegal aliens for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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