Officials identify Larch inmate who died of apparent suicide

He had served five months of a five-year sentence

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

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The Department of Corrections has released the name of the inmate at Larch Corrections Center who died Saturday in what officials are describing as an apparent suicide.

At about 4:48 p.m., correctional officers found Jason Williams, 41, unresponsive in his room, where he was housed alone, according to a news release from the Department of Corrections. Staff attempted life-saving measures on Williams, but he was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m.

Williams had been serving a five-year sentence at the corrections center after being convicted of second-degree trafficking in stolen property and second-degree burglary, according to the news release. He had served five months of that sentence at the time of his death.

The incident is being investigated by the Department of Corrections and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Larch Corrections Center is about 20 miles northeast of Vancouver. The center houses only male inmates and has a population of about 480 offenders.