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Posted on: September 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] In-Custody Death Investigation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:In-Custody Death Investigation
Station Area:John Benoit Detention Center
Written Date:September 12, 2021Time:11:40 AM
Incident Date:September 12, 2021Time:1:06 AM
Incident Location:82675 Highway 111, Indio
Reporting Officer:Correctional Captain Martin Tochtrop
File Number(s):IC21-2550-001


The deceased inmate has been identified as 40 year old, Thermal resident, Jose Gaytan.


On Sunday, September 12, 2021, around 1:06 AM, deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department- John Benoit Detention Center, conducted a routine security check of a housing unit. During the security check, the deputies discovered an unresponsive male inmate in his cell. Custody staff and jail medical staff immediately began to administer life-saving measures. Fire personnel and American Medical Response (AMR) responded and continued further life- saving measures which were ultimately unsuccessful, and the inmate was pronounced deceased.

Riverside Sheriff’s Department investigators responded and assumed the investigation. The cause of death will later be determined by the Coroner’s Bureau. The identification of the inmate will not be released at this time pending notification to the family. There are no signs of foul play and due to the ongoing status of the investigation, no further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Layos at (951) 922-7300.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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