Investigation Underway After Inmate Found Dead at State Prison

| January 3, 2019

​INDIANA, Pa. – State officials are investigating the death of an inmate at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Pine Grove.

At approximately 10:05 PM on January 1, 2019, officers at SCI Pine Grove found inmate Luis Santiago, 32, unresponsive in his cell. Staff immediately administered CPR, and the inmate was taken by ambulance to Indiana Regional Medical Center at 10:52 PM, where he was pronounced dead at 11:05 PM.

The Indiana County Coroner’s preliminary cause of death is being listed as trauma at the hands of another. Pennsylvania State Police Troop C, Punxsutawney, and the Department of Corrections are conducting investigations.

Santiago, who was serving a two-and-a-half to 10-year sentence for aggravated assault with serious bodily injury out of Berks County, had been housed at the prison since July 10, 2018.

The inmate’s next of kin has been notified.

Santiago’s cellmate is presently being interviewed.

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