Female inmate died at county jail following 'life saving' measures, officials say

Authorities withhold her identity pending notification of relatives

Joshua Kellogg
Farmington Daily Times
A January 2020 photo depicts the interior of the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman who died at the county jail on Sunday from what authorities described as a medical emergency.

Ramona Bitsilly, 39, of Farmington, died on the morning of Aug. 22 at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, according to Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kristi Hughes and jail records.

She died around 11:34 a.m. that day after emergency medical services and jail staff performed life-saving measures on her, according to San Juan County Spokesperson Devin Neeley.

Investigators believe medical emergency involved in death

The investigation into her death was then turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators believe Bitsilly suffered a medical emergency and that there is nothing to suggest her death was caused by any “suspicious activities,” Hughes said.

The investigators are awaiting the autopsy report for the manner and cause of death.

Bitsilly was booked into the jail on Aug. 21 for failing to comply with the conditions of her probation, according to Hughes.

Court documents show a warrant for her probation violation was issued on July 12 in a felony drug conviction case.

Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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