The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee. Courtesy California Board of State and Community Corrections

Authorities Friday publicly identified a 24-year-old jail inmate found dead of unknown causes this week at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility.

Deputies conducting a security check found Elisa Serna of Alpine unconscious in her cell in a medical observation unit at the Santee women’s jail shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s officials.

Lifesaving efforts on the part of detentions staff and paramedics failed to revive her, said Lt. Michael Blevins.

Serna, who had been in custody for six days on suspicion of theft and drug-related offenses, was alone in her cell when she was discovered unresponsive, and “no preliminary evidence of foul play was discovered,” said the lieutenant.

A cause-of-death ruling in the case is on hold pending completion of postmortem tests, according to Blevins.

Death of a woman in San Diego County custody is very rare, according to reporting by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

— City News Service

Show comments