Biddeford man dies in Cumberland County jail

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November 9 – The death of a Biddeford man in the Cumberland County Jail Wednesday is under investigation by local and state authorities.

A public prosecutor who did rounds in the medical department did not find 62-year-old Richard Putze in his cell around 2.15 am on Wednesday. Life-saving efforts by the district attorney and the Portland MEDCU were unsuccessful, according to Capt. John Costello.

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Putze was recently released from a local hospital after a medical procedure, Costello said.

His death is under investigation by the Portland Police Department, the Maine Department of Corrections and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who will determine the cause of death and manner of death.

Authorities have been investigating several other deaths in county jails this year, including three in Cumberland County. Last week, a Buxton man died at a local hospital following a medical emergency at the York County Jail.

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