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Death at Lewis County Detention Center - Death of Inmate

Date of News Release: 04/19/2017

Vanceburg, Ky. (April 19, 2017) – On Tuesday, April 19th 2017, at 5:56 a.m., Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead was notified that inmate Chris Helphenstine, age 40, of Vanceburg, KY, had passed away during a medical transport. Mr. Helphenstine was discovered to be unresponsive at approximately 3:30 a.m. by employees at the jail. CPR was initiated and EMS was contacted. Mr, Helphenstine was pronounced deceased during ambulance transportation to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. No foul play is suspected and an autopsy has been scheduled to determine cause of death. The incident remains under investigation by Trooper Patrick Zalone.