State Corrections officials are investigating whether an inmate at the Monroe Correctional Complex lay dead in his cell for nearly two days before officers realized he wasn’t breathing.
Jerry Jamison, 48, who was serving eight years on a drug conviction, was last spotted moving in his cell September 19 at 10 p.m., according to corrections spokesman Chad Lewis.
Reports indicate he was found dead from heart failure around noon on Saturday, Sept. 21. Jamison had a pre-existing heart condition.
Jamison was not required to leave his cell during those two days. Lewis says an investigation will determine whether Jamison was up and about during multiple head counts on those days.
"I believe in my heart that he just laid there with no one," said Breanna Jamison, Jerry Jamison's wife. She said Jamison called every day, but the phone calls stopped on Wednesday.
The funeral service that received Jamison's body said it was too decayed to embalm. The funeral service director added that is likely because the body was not cared for in a timely manner.
"Just because someone is in jail it doesn't matter what they are in there for. They still have to be treated like a human being," said Jamison. "I never got a chance to say goodbye."