Female inmate dies in jail

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was discovered dead Sunday in her bunk at Anchorage's Sixth Avenue Jail, according to Alaska State Troopers and the Department of Corrections.

Rose Lake, 46, appears to have died of natural causes, said Department of Corrections spokesman Bruce Richards.

Lake was arrested Saturday afternoon on a trespassing charge. She was intoxicated and was placed in a detox cell around 1:30 p.m., Richards said. She was moved to a dormitory with other female inmates at 4:30 p.m. She laid down and appeared to be asleep, said Richards, special assistant to the commissioner.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, corrections officers arrived to take Lake and other inmates to court. She did not awaken, and jail officials notified state troopers, who conducted an investigation.

''It appears so far as though it was natural causes,'' said Richards. An autopsy was planned on Monday.

Lake's residence was listed as the Brother Francis Shelter on East Third Avenue, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson. She had relatives in Hooper Bay.

Lake is the fourth inmate known to have died at the jail in 19 months. Two of those were suicides and a third inmate was strangled by another prisoner, according to authorities.

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