Hardening of arteries contributed to inmate death, preliminary autopsy finds

GRAVES COUNTY, KY — A preliminary autopsy has found that a Graves County Jail inmate who died Saturday had hardening of the arteries, Kentucky State Police announced Monday.

A KSP news release says that factor contributed to the death of the 50-year-old inmate, Rodney L. Evans of Mayfield. When Evans was found unresponsive Saturday night, investigators say he was taken first to Jackson Purchase Medical Center, then transferred to Baptist Health Paducah, where he died at 11:22 p.m.

Monday’s news release says Evans showed signs of drug overdose in the jail before he was taken to the hospital, and toxicology results have not come in yet.

Investigators said another inmate in the same cell as Evans also showed signs of drug overdose, and KSP on Monday says that inmate remains in a Paducah hospital.

KSP says it and the Graves County Jail are investigating to find the source of the contraband drugs. KSP Detective Sgt. Brett Miller is conducting the death investigation. If you have information about the case, you can call Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.