- Ada, Oklahoma

November 13, 2013

Inmate dies; investigation under way

Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent

Ada — A Pontotoc County Justice Center inmate was found dead in her cell Monday, and officials have launched an investigation to determine a cause.

Tammy Jorene Jordan, 23, Ada, was found Monday evening lying on her mattress, which she had placed on the floor of her cell, Sheriff John Christian said. The jailer who discovered Jordan wasn’t responding, called for paramedics. Christian said CPR was performed until Mercy EMS arrived. Jordan was pronounced dead by EMS, Christian said.

Christian called for an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, but he said there were no signs of foul play. Jordan’s body was taken to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death.

Jordan was originally arrested Oct. 4 by Ada police on suspicion of driving under the influence. She reportedly told police she had used methamphetamine and taken prescription medication and was taken to Mercy Hospital Ada to have a blood test conducted.

“While at the hospital, Ms. Jordan stated she had taken several handfuls of medication because she wanted to die because her boyfriend had broken up with her,” Officer Brian Engel wrote in a report. “Ms. Jordan was left at the ER for further treatment at that time.”

Police said the next day, Nov. 5, while still under arrest, Jordan left the intensive care unit and fled the hospital on foot. Police informed local businesses to be on the lookout for her and were giving a description. A short time later, employees from a local hotel called police and informed them that  a person matching Jordan’s description was using the phone in the hotel’s conference room.

Jordan was arrested on suspicion of escape from arrest or detention. Christian said Jordan was in a solitary cell at the time of her death and no other inmates were present.