Detectives investigating inmate death at Indian River County Jail

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar

On Monday, June 8th, at approximately 11:10 AM, Indian River County Sheriff’s Corrections Deputies noticed that inmate Lori Collins, 43, was unresponsive in her bunk. Deputies immediately began performing CPR and a Naloxone injector was applied.

Indian River County Emergency Services arrived and transported Collins to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

A review of jail video shows Collins walking around the open cell area in the 9:00 AM hour. She then went to her bunk and can be seen moving under the covers into the 10:00 AM hour. Preliminary investigation revealed that the death is likely an overdose.

Collins was being held on a violation of probation from a previous felony charge. She had been incarcerated in the Indian River County Jail for 30 days.

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “These deadly drugs continue to plague our society. Even jails and correctional facilities are not immune to them despite our best efforts to prevent contraband. Our detectives will review the evidence and our staff will review our policies and procedures to determine if any violations occurred. We will ensure that those responsible will be held accountable.”

Detectives await the result of the toxicology after the autopsy of Collins later. This case remains an active investigation with detectives interviewing inmates, correctional deputies, and reviewing video of Collins actions.

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