Jun 23, 2017

Inmate who died today turned 36, eleven days ago

From Birth Records:

Colleen Marie Branch
Born: June 12, 1981
Birth Place: Humboldt County, California

From Jail reports, Collen Marie Branch booked into Humboldt County Jail at 6:15 p.m. for parole violations.

From Times-Standard, July 2009, On the Record:

Colleen Marie Branch, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Sentenced to three years conditional revocable release and fined $100. 

Press Release:

On Friday, June 23, 2017 at about 0245 hours, a Correctional Deputy and Medical Staff in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility were conducting routine medical checks of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility's Medical Unit when they discovered an inmate, who appeared not to be breathing. 
The inmate was housed alone. Facility medical staff and Correctional Deputies began life saving measures. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were immediately requested. EMS arrived on scene and continued life saving measures. The female was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 
Upon arrival at the hospital, the inmate was pronounced deceased at 0320 hours. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Coroner Division responded and took possession of the deceased. The inmates name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to the Correctional Facility and is currently conducting an investigation.

UPDATE:  Deceased inmate identified
The deceased  female has been identified as:  Colleen Marie Branch, 36 years old, of Eureka


  1. Do you know why she was in the medical unit?

    1. I didn't even notice that detail, she was already in the medical unit. That makes sense, I was a little surprised that jail staff would check on regular inmates in the middle of the night. Every time I've been in jail the only contact with staff was when they brought another inmate in or brought meals. Colleen was a friend of mine about 10 years ago. She could have gone either way-deeper into the Humboldt street life or up out of it. I'd sure like to know more about what was going on. But for the grace of god, there go I.

    2. Anon @5:29, why she was in the medical unit is her confidential, private health information and public and media would not have access to that information.

  2. John, I think it is normal for a hospital nurse to do checks-in with patients in the middle of the night, shift change reports, etc. I had one who waked me in the night for physical therapy. I asked why was this nurse was the only nurse who did and after that they all did. anon @5:29

  3. I guess depending on the results of the investigation, we will have that answer or not. Since this just happened, going to wait and see what the investigation concludes.