Topeka man identified as deceased Jackson Co. inmate

Published: May. 24, 2023 at 8:25 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The detainee who died in custody at the Jackson Co. Jail has been identified as a Topeka man as officials continue to investigate what caused his death.

The Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday morning that the inmate found unresponsive in his cell on Tuesday has been identified as Mark W. Hull, 70, of Topeka.

The Sheriff’s Office noted that Hull’s next of kin have been identified. He was found unresponsive in his cell early Tuesday morning, however, despite life-saving measures by staff and medical services, he was later pronounced deceased.

Hull had been in jail since May 2 on a warrant related to possession of methamphetamine.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to investigate, as state statute requires. The KBI investigates all deaths of individuals in the custody of a Kansas jail or prison unless a physician regularly attended the inmate or if the cause of death is determined to be natural by a qualified autopsy, preliminary autopsy report, or death certificate.

No foul play is suspected. An autopsy was conducted on Wednesday. The preliminary autopsy results indicated his manner of death was natural and likely related to heart complications.