October 21, 2014

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Coroner: Prisoner died of natural causes at Lorain County Jail

LORAIN — Susan Hobson, the prisoner found dead Sunday morning at the Lorain County Jail, is believed to have died of natural causes.

“There was nothing we found on the autopsy that would lead us to believe there was anything suspicious,” Dr. Eric Lockhart, a Lorain County deputy coroner said today of preliminary findings. “It looks like a natural death.”

Lockhart said Hobson, 51, of South Amherst, was a two-pack-a-day smoker with hypertension, which may have contributed to her death. Autopsy results are expected in about two weeks.

Hobson, who was in a dormitory, was OK when checked on around 11 p.m., said Lt. Jack Hammond, jail administrator. Hobson was found in her bunk during the morning head count at 7 a.m. She had been arrested on Thursday on a theft warrant out of Franklin County.

Hammond said two inmates who were sleeping near Hobson said after her death that they heard her make a gurgling noise that they assumed was snoring.

She could have been in distress at that point, but no one said (anything),” Cavanaugh said. “Maybe there’s nothing we could have done, but we’ll never know.”