Public Safety

Cedar Rapids woman who died at Linn County Jail identified by sheriff's office

Jacqueline M. Bridges
Jacqueline M. Bridges

Authorities have identified the female inmate who died over the weekend while in custody at the Linn County Jail as Jacqueline M. Bridges, 59, of Cedar Rapids.

Bridges had been arrested by Cedar Rapids police early Saturday on charges of first-degree theft, money laundering and financial exploitation of a dependent adult, and was being held on total bond of $20,000, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

The initial investigation — according to the sheriff’s office — shows that Bridges appeared to have suffered from some type of medical episode, which led to her death. The final determination as to the exact cause of death will be made by the State Medical Examiner after an autopsy.

Bridges was booked into the Linn County Jail at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office. She was found unresponsive in her cell five hours later.

The sheriff’s office said an officer in the Linn County Correctional Center found Bridges in a third-floor female arraignment cellblock lying on the bunk of her cell, unconscious and unresponsive. Other jail staff, including two deputy sheriff-paramedics and a jail nurse, responded to the cellblock.

They determined Bridges was not breathing and had no pulse. Staff began CPR and connected her to an automated external defibrillator.

Bridges was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, where she was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.

The sheriff’s office said jail staff had last checked on Bridges at 2:35 p.m.

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Less than an hour later, the sheriff’s office said, Bridges’ family had posted bail and a deputy had gone to Bridges’ cell to prepare her for release, but instead found her unresponsive.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office say they have found no apparent cause for Bridges’ medical emergency.

The death has been reported to the State Jail Inspector, and the incident remains under investigation.

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