Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre: Ten inmates have died since 2099 at London’s troubled provincial jail — these are their names

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It’s been an ugly near-decade inside the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC), London’s provincial jail.

Since 2009, 10 inmates have died of various causes inside the Exeter Road facility. The most prominent case was Jamie High, whose death was the focus of a Free Press investigation, Indiscernible.

The trouble has continued: There have been three inmate deaths this summer alone, including one Thursday morning. Last month, the EMDC’s community advisory board published an annual report that was critical of The Free Press.

“An ongoing London Free Press series, Indiscernible, is evidence of the ‘old news,’ misinformation and bias that community members are provided, in the absence of timely and direct communication from the (Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services,)” the report concludes.

Here are details of the 10 inmates who have died inside EMDC over the past eight years:

Randy Drysdale, 46, April 2009 – homicide

Laura Straughan, 25, November 2009 – pneumonia

Adam Kargus, 29, November 2013 – homicide

Keith Patterson, 30, September 2014 – suicide

Jamie High, 40, December 2014 – delirium

Floyd Deleary, 39, August 2015 – suspected natural causes

Justin Thompson, October 2016 – suspected overdose

Raymond George Major, 52, June 2017 – suicide

Mike Fall, 47, July 2017 – unknown (heart condition and drug use may be factors)

Unknown, August 2017 – unknown (suspected overdose)

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