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Ogden Dunes woman being held at Porter County Jail dies

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An autopsy will be held on an Ogden Dunes woman who died Saturday after being found unresponsive in her cell at the Porter County Jail.

Coroner Chuck Harris identified the woman as Autumn D. McIlvain, 30.

An autopsy is pending but has not yet been scheduled, Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today.

According to a statement released by the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, McIlvain had been booked into PCJ at 10:15 p.m. Friday, after being arrested by Portage Police on a warrant charging her with failure to comply.

McIlvain had been placed in a padded cell at the jail, “after being deemed a threat to herself and others after a suicide screening,” police said.

Then, at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a jail officer found McIlvain “unresponsive in her cell with shallow breathing.” McIlvain was treated by PCJ medical staff until EMS personnel arrived and transported her to Porter Regional Hospital, where she later died, police said.

McIlvain had been taken into custody by Portage Police at the Family Express at 6250 Ameriplex Drive, after the PPD received a report of an “hysterical” woman who was “yelling” at customers and accusing them of stealing her vehicle.

McIlvain “appeared to be intoxicated,” police said, her “eyes were red and watery, her speech was slightly slurred, and her pupils constricted.” But the investigating officer stated in his report that he could detect no odor of alcohol from or on her.

After being secured in the officer’s squad car, McIlvain fell asleep “in the middle of a sentence,” while speaking to the officer, who then decided to have her medically cleared at Porter Portage Hospital Campus prior to transporting her to PCJ, police said.

McIlvain--who was subsequently cleared at Porter hospital--did tell a nurse there that “she’s been taking two of her Xanax instead of taking one as prescribed,” police said.


Posted 10/14/2013