Male City Jail inmate dies Sunday

Press release from Richmond City Sheriff's Office

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. reported the death of Caris Whitehurst, 54, an inmate at the Richmond City Jail.

Whitehurst was being held in Richmond on three counts of failing to register as a sex offender in Virginia for charges which occurred in Pennsylvania in the late 1990s.

On Sunday at 9:35 p.m., during a routine security check, a sheriff's deputy found Whitehurst unresponsive in his cell. Additional jail and nursing staff responded, and EMS was called. Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) arrived on the scene at 9:41 p.m., but found no signs of life, and contacted the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

On Monday, an autopsy was performed on Whitehurst's body at the Department of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia by Forensic Pathologist Renee Robinson, M.D.  The preliminary autopsy did not reveal any signs of foul play, and his death appears to be of natural causes. The Medical Examiner ordered toxicology screening and other medical reports, the results of which are to be included in the Final Autopsy Report, which is pending.

While no signs of foul play exist, the Sheriff's Office and the Richmond City Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into the matter. Notification of the next of kin was made late Sunday evening.