3rd inmate in 5 months dies in Kitsap jail

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed yet another death of an inmate inside the jail in Port Orchard, the third such instance in five months.

A 43-year-old woman had been brought to the jail after being arrested Nov. 7 by Bremerton police on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The following morning, corrections officers found the woman unresponsive in her cell. Officers administered CPR until South Kitsap Fire and Rescue responded, but she died of an unknown cause. Port Orchard police will again conduct an independent investigation.

In July, 46-year-old Rhonda McKelvy was found dead in her room, caused by a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, a county coroner reported, while 58-year-old Karl Kannekkeburg died during the booking process.