Two inmates at different state prisons were found dead in a 24-hour period, and the Arkansas State Police have been called in to investigate.
According to a news release from Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves, staff at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern observed inmate Robert White dead from an apparent suicide on Sunday. Responding correctional officers and medical staff performed emergency medical treatment; however, White was pronounced dead at 9:53 p.m.
He was a 42-year-old white male serving a 20-year sentence for theft of property out of Miller County.
Monday at approximately 3:43 a.m., staff at the Varner Unit in Grady found inmate Randall Myers unresponsive in his cell. Responding correctional officers and medical staff performed emergency medical treatment; however, Myers was pronounced dead at 4:27 a.m. He was a 29-year-old white male serving 15-year sentence for robbery out of Crawford County.
The Arkansas State Police was immediately notified and responded to the units following both deaths. ASP will be conducting investigations into both deaths; in addition to the internal investigations, which will be conducted by the Department of Correction.