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Update: Name Released - Suspicious Death Investigation at Snake River Correctional Institution
05/13/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The Oregon State Police and the Malheur County District Attorney, working in cooperation with Oregon Department of Corrections, are continuing the investigation of a suspicious death at the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. Next of kin notifications are done and the inmate's name is being released.
 
According to Oregon Department of Corrections, the deceased inmate is identified as JAMES IVAN BRIGGS, age 61. BRIGGS was found deceased in his SRCI cell in Complex 1 on May 12, 2008 at approximately 6:52 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland on May 14th.
 
BRIGGS was received in the Department of Corrections Intake center on December 13, 2002 out of Coos County for convictions of Sexual Penetration, Sodomy and Sex Abuse in the First Degree. He had been at SRCI since January 15, 2003 and had a release date in 2026.

 
SRCI is under normal operation status. Questions related to SRCI and the inmate can be directed to Ms. Amber Campbell, SRCI Public Information Officer, at (541) 881-5056.

 
Further information will be released as would be appropriate with the Malheur County District Attorney's approval based upon the continuing investigation developments.