Inmate died of heart problem due to alcoholism |

Inmate died of heart problem due to alcoholism

BRECKENRIDGE – Authorities hope that releasing the name of the inmate who died at the Summit County Jail on Jan. 31 will help them find his next of kin.The 42-year-old man is identified as Roy Sheridan, a transient who worked occasionally.Breckenridge police officers brought him to the jail on Jan. 29 on trespassing charges after he was found sleeping in a bathroom at the Four Seasons Plaza at the south end of town. His blood alcohol content was said to be “well in excess of .30,” said Police Chief Rick Holman.In Colorado, someone with a blood alcohol content of .08 is considered illegally intoxicated to drive.Jail employees found Sheridan dead in his jail cell at 7:20 a.m. Jan. 31. An autopsy later revealed he had died of cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart, usually of unknown origin, but in Sheridan’s case, most likely brought on by his chronic alcoholism, Coroner Joanne Richardson said.The police are conducting both an internal and external investigation in the case.Sheridan was 5 feet 7 inches tall, with hazel eyes, brown hair and a mustache. Anyone with information that might help locate his relatives is asked to call the Coroner’s Office at (970) 389-2809 or the Sheriff’s Office at (970) 453-2232.

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