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Novato Police Investigating In-Custody Death at Marin County Jail

The Novato Police Department is investigating the in-custody death of an incarcerated person, housed at the Marin County Jail.

October 1, 2023, at approximately 0224hrs a Deputy performing a routine check of incarcerated persons found a subject hanging within their cell.


San Rafael Fire Department responded to the Marin County Jail and attempted life saving measures, but unfortunately, the incarcerated person was pronounced deceased at 0323 hrs.


The Sheriff’s Office requested the Novato Police Department respond to conduct an independent investigation into the death of the incarcerated person. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Coroners Division responded to handle the Coroner duties associated with the death. A post mortem examination is scheduled for later this week.


Identification will be released, pending Next of Kin notification.

No further information will be released from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and any media inquiries related to the independent investigation should be directed to Novato Police Department and media inquiries related to the identification of the decedent should be directed to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.


Prepared by: Sgt. Adam Schermerhorn