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Inquest called for in-custody death after woman jailed in Terrace

Last Updated Aug 6, 2015 at 4:20 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The coroners’ service will investigate the death of a 25-year-old woman found in medical distress shortly after she was transported to a northern British Columbia jail.

Alyssa George was discovered in distress 14 hours after police locked her in an RCMP holding cell in Terrace in September 2013.

She was flown to a Vancouver hospital, but died six days later.

A public inquest will begin on Oct. 19 at BC Supreme Court in Terrace.

Presiding coroner Donita Kuzma and a jury will hear from witnesses to determine the facts surrounding George’s death.

The jury will then present recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths under similar circumstances, but may not make findings of fault.