Update on Inmate Death

Date: 3/3/2015

Update on Inmate Death

Inmate Death
Location: Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail, Oregon

Deceased Subject: MAYS, Edwin Burl Age: 31 year old male
Bend, Oregon


On 3-2-15 the Sheriff’s Office received the reports from the Medical Examiner’s Office along with the toxicology report. The cause of death is listed as a Methamphetamine Overdose. Methamphetamine is measured by milligrams per milliliter of blood on a chart that ranges from 0-5 and Mr. Mays’ results were greater than 5.

Our investigation shows that Mr. Mays ingested Methamphetamine before being booked at the Deschutes County Jail.

Media contact is Sheriff’s Office Captain Scott Beard, (541) 617-3388


On December 14, 2014 at approximately 5:40 pm, Bend Police brought Mays to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail to be booked on charges of Interfering with a Police Officer, Menacing, False Information to a Police Officer, Possession of Heroin, and a parole violation.

At approximately 9:00 pm, Mays began showing signs of medical distress while in the booking area and Deputies began immediate medical care and called Bend Fire and Rescue medics for assistance. Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the jail and assumed medical care. Fire and Rescue medics pronounced Mays deceased after efforts to save him.

Mays’ death appears to be the result of medical issues. An autopsy will be conducted at the earliest possible availability.

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