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Inmate dies at South Central Regional Jail

By Staff reports
Richard Riffe

An inmate at South Central Regional Jail died by suicide on Monday night, according to a regional jails spokesman.

Jail staff and emergency medical technicians responded and provided first aid but were unable to save Richard Riffe, according to Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Riffe, an attorney and former Boone County assistant prosecutor, was pronounced dead at the hospital at about 10 p.m.

He was in jail on charges of daytime burglary, battery on an officer and obstructing.

Evidence suggests he hanged himself, Messina said.

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