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Prison inmate is found dead after five-story fall

September 07, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

An inmate fell five stories to his death, but authorities said it was unclear whether the fall at the California Rehabilitation Center was a homicide, a suicide or a botched escape attempt.

The body was found Wednesday morning at the medium-security prison.

"They did a security check around 2 a.m. and found an inmate missing," said Riverside County Sheriff's Department Investigator Jerry Franchville. "He was found at the bottom of a five-story building."

The name of the inmate was not released.

"It appears that he did fall from a fifth-story window, and that was the cause of death," prison Lt. Mike Brownell said.

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