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Death of inmate at DuComb Center under investigation

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The death of a 28-year-old inmate at the DuComb Center is under investigation.

On December 24, 2017, police were called to the DuComb Center on Lathrop Street for an inmate in distress.

First responders performed life saving measures, but were unsuccessful.

Cody Woody, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to his obituary, Woody was a U.S. Army veteran.

Because it was an unexplained death in custody, the Metro Homicide Unit was called and consulted, reports said.

An autopsy found no physical trauma, so the investigation was turned over to the Drug Investigations Unit, reports said.

The final autopsy results are pending toxicology and further investigation.

The Indiana Department of Correction confirmed to ABC57 News, that Woody died as a result of an overdose.

The County Prosecutor's office could not confirm that. 

There's a separate probe happening, too.

The IDOC also confirmed to ABC57 News, that 48-year-old Corey Washington also overdosed.

The prosecuting attorney's office also could not confirm that either.

ABC57 News did some digging and found that on Christmas Day 2017, Washington was booked for violating probation.

Right now, he's an active inmate at the St. Joseph County Jail.

ABC57 reached out to the director of the DuComb Center, and was told it is an ongoing informal investigation.

The Community Corrections Advisory Board and other officials were also contacted, but as of air-time on Tuesday evening, no response had been given. 

ABC57 News also made contact with Woody's sister, who said the family is still waiting on a toxicology report. 


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