Update: As of 9/27/2022

The Penobscot County Sheriff's Department has released the identity of the inmate they say authorities found deceased at the jail Sunday. In a release issued Tuesday they said:

"On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at approximately 5:20 am during routine population checks, James Pearsall (50) of Old Town was found to be unresponsive in his cell.Mr. Pearsall was alone in his locked cell; the early investigation indicates the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature. Mr. Pearsall had been in custody since August 19th and was being held for Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule Drugs Class A with a $40,000.00 bail set by the court, but recently reduced to $10,000.00."

Authorities are investigating an incident during which they say an inmate at the Penobscot County Jail died over the weekend.

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The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office released a statement with limited details regarding the situation.

"On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at approximately 0520 am, during routine population checks, a correctional officer found an inmate involved in a life-threatening situation. Correctional staff, medical personnel, and Bangor EMS provided life-saving measures, however, their efforts were not successful.

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The incident was not the result of any altercation with other inmates or staff. No other inmates were immediately impacted or injured."

Standard operating procedure when someone dies at the jail is to have the Bangor Police Department and Penobscot County Law Enforcement Division conduct an investigation, which is what's going on now.

Authorities have not yet released the individual's identity, although that is expected to take place later this afternoon.

We're told both mental health and medical professionals will be made available to staff and inmates, should they require assistance.

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We will update the story when more details become available.

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