Coroner to Determine Cause and Manner of Morongo Basin Jail Inmate Death

Coroner to Determine Cause and Manner of Morongo Basin Jail Inmate Death

JOSHUA TREE – A death investigation is underway as a result of an inmate death at the Morongo Basin Jail on Friday.

At around 9:00 p.m. during a routine log check in the inmate housing area at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station Jail, Henry Simmons, 60, of Joshua Tree was found unresponsive in his single-person cell. He was pronounced deceased at the jail. An autopsy was performed on Monday by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of his death. The cause and manner of death has not yet been released

Prior to his death, Simmons was booked into the jail for being under the influence of an undisclosed controlled substance at the High Desert Medical Center on Friday afternoon at around 12:50 p.m.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Justin Giles or Sergeant Dave Johnson, Sheriff’s Homicide Detail (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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