October 17, 2016
JAIL INCIDENT UNDER REVIEW
On 10-12-16, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputies lodged 52 year old Debbie Kocan into the Yamhill County Correctional Facility on outstanding warrants from Lake County Oregon. After the booking process was completed Kocan was placed in a temporary holding cell awaiting transport to Lake County the following morning.
A short time later, jail deputies discovered Kocan in the holding cell, unresponsive. It appeared she had attempted suicide utilizing the phone cord located in the holding room. McMinnville medical personnel were immediately called while medical aid was rendered by jail staff. Kocan was then transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center via ground transport. She passed away a few days later.
Sheriff Tim Svenson stated "First and foremost our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Ms. Kocan. I have asked the Washington County Sheriff's Office to conduct a detailed investigation into the circumstances of this incident".