SLO County Jail inmate dies and another attempts suicide
January 7, 2012
A 53-year-old San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate was found dead in his single person cell on Thursday at about 2 p.m.
Kevin Lee Strahl, 53, a transient, was in custody on failure to register as a sex offender.
A deputy performing cell checks noted that Strahl appeared unresponsive and summoned emergency medical personnel. They transported Strahl by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Officials do not suspect foul play, said Rob Bryn, sheriff department spokesman. An autopsy is scheduled for early next week.
About two and a half hours later, another deputy also performing cell checks found William Joseph Neufeld, 30, hanging in his cell. He had used a T-shirt to fashion a noose.
Medical personnel administered oxygen and revived Neufeld.
In December, deputies arrested Neufeld and transferred him from Atascadero State Hospital to SLO County Jail for allegedly assaulting a hospital psychiatrist.