Investigation underway following death of 35 y.o. Yakima Correct - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Investigation underway following death of 35 y.o. Yakima Corrections inmate

Posted: Updated:

YAKIMA, WA - A Yakima County Jail inmate died early Wednesday morning.

Moon Martin, 35, was found unresponsive around 3:10 a.m. in his bunk around in the main jail annex housing by his cellmates.

The cellmates said Martin normally snored loudly, but had stopped and that his breathing was labored, according to a news release issued by the Yakima County Corrections Departments.

Officers and medical staff attempted to revive Martin. But paramedics from Advanced Life Systems pronounced Martin dead after further attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, corrections officials said.

Martin had been in the jail since January 22nd, under a housing contract with the city of Puyallup. Corrections officials said he had not been involved in any incidents during his incarceration and had no known medical problems.

Martin, who attended a program for chemical dependency while in custody, attended a graduation ceremony for the program on Monday.

An autopsy was conducted late Wednesday morning, but results were not immediately available.

He was scheduled to be released from Yakima County on July 3rd and to return to Puyallup.

This is the second time a Yakima County Jail inmate has died this year.

Last month, Antonio Espinoza of Wapato was found unresponsive in his cell after exercising with his cellmate. He was taken to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was pronounced dead the following day.