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Name released in Cerro Gordo county jail death


This news story was published on January 4, 2016.
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cg-jail-snowMASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County jail inmate who was found unresponsive in the male dorm on January 2, 2016, has been identified as Edward Michael Hochstatter, 54, of Bloomington, Minnesota. Hochstatter had been arrested on the evening of December 31, 2015, by Clear Lake Police for operating while intoxicated. Hochstatter was one of five occupants in the male dorm, which is a large, well-lit, video monitored and recorded room with bunk beds, a table and a television.

An autopsy was performed today by Dr. Jonathan Thompson of the Iowa Office State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa. The cause of death has not been determined at this time, but there were no signs of trauma. Additional laboratory testing including neuropathology and toxicology will be done. The results of those tests and complete autopsy results may take several weeks.

The investigation, which included a video review of Hochstatter’s stay, interviews of inmates and staff, and the autopsy, determined there was no foul play.

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5 Responses to Name released in Cerro Gordo county jail death

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    January 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Why are some so quick to point the finger. Judge, least ye be judged.

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    Bookie Reply Report comment

    January 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

    so not 1 other inmate heard anything,saw anything, so my assumption is he died quietly in his sleep. rip young man your worries are over. I send my prayers to his family and my apologies to the sheriffs department.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 5, 2016 at 8:48 am

    What? Well 1st of all he won’t have to pay 8 grand (costs of DUI charges plus additives and if I were the family I would say to the cops -YOU killed him YOU BURY him. Sad state of affairs but thats $16,000.00 his family did not have.

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      Anonie Reply Report comment

      January 5, 2016 at 10:36 am

      You’re what’s wrong with this country. A highly reactive ignorant person who mouths off before all the answers are in. You also are a taker who expects something for nothing whether you deserve it or not.

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    January 5, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Well, it’s a relief no inmates or jailers were actively involved at the time of his death. At his age, natural causes could be a very likely possibility.