UPDATE 11:23 a.m. Oct. 31: Following the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office release of information this morning regarding a death at the county correctional facility, Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister said that the press release may have been premature. He said that whenever there is a death involving an individual in custody, there is a protocol in place that needs to be followed, and that process has not yet been completed. The investigation into the inmate’s death continues with assistance from the District Attorneys office. A memorandum of understanding exists that has been signed by the Plumas County Sheriff, the District Attorney and the Quincy and Susanville offices of the California Highway Patrol, which outlines the steps necessary when an individual dies in custody.
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning Oct. 31, that a female inmate was found unresponsive in her cell at 7:17 p.m. on Sunday evening, Oct. 30. According to the report, Leana Conrady, 32, 0f Reno, used a bed sheet to hang herself.
Correctional officers immediately removed the sheet and began lifesaving efforts. Medical personnel arrived to assist in those efforts, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Conrady was arrested in Siskiyou County on a Sierra County arrest warrant and transferred to the Plumas jail for temporary incarceration until court proceedings in Sierra County.
A joint investigation between the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office was conducted and determined that Conrady took her own life. Foul play is not suspected.
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office expressed its deepest condolences to the family.