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Lorain County Jail inmate dies after medical emergency

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ELYRIA — A Wellington man serving a 90-day sentence at the Lorain County Jail was found dead late Sunday night by jail personnel.

Joseph Boden, 37, was found by jail officers who were alerted to an inmate in need of assistance in the jail’s 4 West unit at 11:25 p.m., according to a statement issued Monday afternoon by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

On-duty medical staff responded and administered emergency medical care to Boden, who was transported by ambulance to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, the statement read.

Boden was last seen alert and standing for a head count during a shift change at the jail at 11 p.m.

Officers investigating the man’s death were not available for comment.

Jail administrator Andy Eichenlaub declined to detail the investigation.

Eichenlaub said Boden was serving 90 days at the jail, which was a combined sentence for unrelated theft and contempt charges.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Boden family during this time of need,” Eichenlaub said.

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said his office was conducting an autopsy to determine an exact cause of death. Evans said Boden wasn’t hanged and his body showed no external evidence to indicate a cause of death.

“Even with young people, sometimes you find they have heart attacks,” Evans said. “We’re not ruling out a natural death, but we’re also not ruling out something else.”

Boden’s criminal record dating to 1997 had arrests for drug and traffic charges, domestic violence, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and theft.

Boden was convicted of multiple drug charges in May 2015 after an incident with his wife and a male friend that occurred at an Avon Lake address.

In January, Boden was indicted on drug possession, drug paraphernalia and assault charges.

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