The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department says an inmate Joshua J. Edwards 43 of Hoopeston died Sunday at the Public Safety Building in Danville.


Chief Investigator Capt. Michael Hartshorn says Edwards was found unresponsive Sunday in his cell by a correctional officer. He says the jail guard was conducting a routine cell check.

“Correctional officers began resuscitation efforts on Edwards and called for an ambulance,” Hartshorn says. “Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and Edwards was pronounced deceased.”


The sheriff’s captain says Illinois State Police was contacted to investigate the death.

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