In Unity, New Hampshire, local and state authorities are investigating the recent death of an inmate at the Sullivan County Department of Corrections. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and New Hampshire State Police are looking into the manner and cause of death of 50-year old Edward Hawkins of Claremont while in protective custody.
Officials say that Hawkins was taken into protective custody by Claremont Police and was brought to the Sullivan County Department of Corrections at around 3:00 PM on Friday. He was placed in a single observation cell and monitored regularly during the following hour.
During one of the regular observations, Hawkins was found unconscious and unresponsive. Department of Corrections staff used CPR and called an ambulance. They continued to administer CPR until Golden Cross Ambulance and the Unity Fire Department arrived.
However, Hawkins was pronounced dead by officials about an hour later. Both an autopsy and toxicology test will be conducted to determine the exact cause of the death and not much more is known at this time until the results are released.