Female inmate at Alamosa County Detention Center found unresponsive in cell

Erica Ann Martinez, 41, was found unresponsive in her cell at the Alamosa County Detention Center early Sunday morning and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene. According to Alamosa County Coroner Joe Dzuris, an autopsy revealed no sign of foul play. Courier file photo

Autopsy rules out foul play

ALAMOSA — During a routine cell check at the Alamosa County Detention Center early Sunday morning, an unresponsive female inmate was found in her cell.

The 41-year-old woman was discovered at 7:19 a.m., at which time deputies and EMS staff performed life-saving measures. Unfortunately, she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Joe Dzuris, Alamosa County Coroner, has identified the woman as Erica Ann Martinez. The Valley Courier reached Dzuris when he was returning to Alamosa after an autopsy on Martinez had been completed, the results of which, he says, confirmed there was no foul play.

Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson has contacted the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and requested a thorough investigation of the incident. According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, this is an ongoing investigation, and no further details will be released at this time.