SKOWHEGAN — Somerset County officials said Wednesday that the early morning death of a county jail inmate was from natural causes and was not suspicious.
Edward Langdeau, 46, of Norridgewock was pronounced dead at the jail shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. Sgt. William Crawford said Langdeau had been sleeping and snoring loudly at 6 a.m. when checked at the time of the jail shift change. About 6:30 a.m. a female guard attempted to rouse Langdeau for breakfast, but he did not get up. That guard also reported that Langdeau was snoring and appeared to be sleeping.
When the guard returned to get Langdeau for breakfast at 7:20 a.m., the inmate was dead. Jail Administrator Judy Thornton said that all prisoners were immediately “locked down,” or restricted to their cells, pending investigation of the death. Thornton also said the dead man’s cellmate did not notice anything unusual before the breakfast call.
According to state Trooper Warren Ferland, the officer investigating the death, Langdeau had many serious health problems, some related to a beating he received in Rhode Island a decade ago. Ferland stressed that there was no way of knowing whether Langdeau’s death was related to the injuries he received in the past.
Ferland said an autopsy was planned by the state medical examiner for late Wednesday to determine the exact cause of Langdeau’s death.
Deputy Sheriff Paul Davis confirmed that Langdeau was arrested in Norridgewock on Sunday, Jan. 18, for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and operating a motor vehicle after his license was suspended.