Crime

Update: Inmate identified in Benton County jail death

An inmate who died late last week in the Benton County jail has been identified as Marc A. Moreno, 18.

The Benton County Coroner’s Office announced Moreno’s identity in a news release Monday.

An autopsy to try and determine a cause of death is scheduled for Tuesday.

Moreno was found alone and unconscious early March 11 in a cell that is used to house inmates on suicide watch.

Moreno was arrested by Kennewick police on March 3 on outstanding warrants. Jail staff reported he was uncooperative when he arrived at the jail and made threats to hurt himself.

Staff believed he may have been on drugs when he was booked, according to the sheriff’s office.

Corrections officers were required to check on Moreno every 30 minutes while he was in the cell.

A special unit of Tri-City police is investigating the death.

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