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Investigation Underway Into Death Of Ventura County Jail Inmate

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death of a Ventura County jail inmate. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they discovered Lance Hays unresponsive in his cell at the Todd Road jail facility Thanksgiving night.

Deputies started first aid, and called jail medical staff members who continued the effort.

But, the Camarillo man was pronounced dead a short time later.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.