Man unresponsive in Iron County jail cell dies three days later

George William Schuessler was taken into custody about a week before his death.

(Jud Burkett | Special for The Tribune) The emergency room at St. George Regional Hospital on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. An Iron County inmate died Sunday, May 28, 2023, three days after his death at St. George Hospital found lifeless in his cell.

An inmate at Iron County Correctional Facility died three days after he was found alone and unresponsive in his cell on Thursday, according to a press release.

According to the news release, issued by a “critical incidents” task force for Iron, Garfield, Beaver and Kane counties, medical staff and correctional officials performed life-saving procedures on George William Schuessler, 37.

He was taken to Cedar City Hospital and later flown to St. George Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Sunday, officials said.

The man’s death is still being investigated by the task force, although officials said there was no suspicion of a crime. Iron County Attorney Chad Dotson said it was protocol for the task force to investigate both police shootings and deaths in custody.

According to court documents, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office in California had notified the Iron County law firm that it had issued an arrest warrant for Schuessler, who was accused of sexual assault in that state.

Officers located Schuessler in Iron County on May 20 and took him into custody the same day.

Schuessler waived extradition, said Iron County prosecutor Trajan Evans. With that, he admitted he was the man California was looking for, but didn’t admit to committing the crime of sexual assault, Evans clarified.

He was charged with evading justice in Utah, but Evans said the charges would have been dismissed once California arrested him. Further details were not available on Tuesday.

In April, 52-year-old Olympic skier Jeremy Nobis died in the Iron County Jail while awaiting sentencing on a DUI count.

Justin Scaccy

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