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OR Department of Corrections inmate dies unexpectedly

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UMATILLA, OR - An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, David Purcell, 72, was transported off-site for medical care. He was pronounced deceased at 5:30 a.m.

Purcell entered DOC custody on December 8th, 1999, on three counts of sodomy in the first degree and one count of sexual penetration in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was July 21st, 2025.

Attempts to notify the next of kin were unsuccessful. No other details are available at this time.

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