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DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, August 22, 2018     6:00 a.m.

INCIDENT:    In-Custody Death Investigation

LOCATION:   High Desert Detention Center, Adelanto

VICTIM:          Scott Purdy, 49 years old, Barstow resident



On August 22, 2018 at 5:20 a.m., deputies responded to the High Desert Detention Center regarding a report of an inmate who was not breathing and unresponsive.  Upon arrival, deputies found Purdy on his bunk, not breathing.  Deputies attempted life saving measures until paramedics and fire personnel arrived on scene and pronounced Purdy deceased.

Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators responded and conducted an investigation.  The investigators found no evidence of injury to Purdy’s body and it was determined he suffered from multiple medical conditions.  The cause of Purdy’s death is pending autopsy.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Eric Dyberg at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer:             Detective Eric Dyberg or Sergeant Jerry Davenport

Station:           Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No.     (909) 387-3589

Case No.       DR#601800123       H#2018-081

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department