Inmate dies at Somerset County Jail

Posted May 28, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.

MADISON, Maine — A 27-year-old Wilton man died early Wednesday morning while in Somerset County Jail custody, according to the facility’s administrator.

The inmate, Joseph F. Daoust, was being held on drug trafficking charges out of Franklin County, Maj. Cory Swope said in a news release issued late Friday afternoon.

Swope said that a corrections officer found Daoust unresponsive during a routine security check shortly before 2 a.m. Corrections officers and medical staff reportedly performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation while Redington-Fairview emergency medical services personnel were called in.

Jail staff and emergency personnel were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive Daoust, who was pronounced dead at the jail.

In accordance with Somerset County Jail protocol, Maine State Police detectives were called to the scene to investigate, and reports will be submitted to the Department of Corrections.

Daoust’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta, where an autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death, Swope said. Despite the autopsy, a definitive cause of death was not determined and further testing will be required.

The Wilton Police Department notified Daoust’s family, Swope said.

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