The body of a Minden man incarcerated one day at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center has been sent to Little Rock, Arkansas for autopsy.
Delanio McCorvey, 20, of the 100 block of Robertson Drive, died early Friday morning, according to Webster Parish Chief Deputy Bobby Igo, Jr.
"I was notified around 4 a.m. that one of the inmates was possibly having seizures, had quit breathing and the staff had tried CPR," Igo said. "They took him to Minden Medical Center. They worked on him and he passed away there."
Igo said there were no outward signs of trauma or foul play.
"We interviewed the people around him – guards and inmates," Igo said. "He went to sleep and they heard him gagging and gurgling. They tried to wake him up."
Igo said the Webster Parish Coroner's office has sent McCorvey's body for autopsy; however, the deceased inmate's grandmother, Laura Ary, says her grandson has no history of seizures.
"He did not have any health problems," Ary said, who lives in Los Angeles. "If he died from natural causes, that was the Lord's doing, but I don't want any cover up ... he was only 20 years old. I don't know if someone put drugs in his system in the jail."
Igo said the pathologist will look at bloodwork to determine if there were any drugs involved.
"We search the inmates, but it is always possible he ingested drugs before he came in," Igo said.
McCorvey was arrested by Minden Police Tuesday, October 9, along with Delvon Morris, for stealing scrap iron from a local residence.