December 17, 2015
By Kyle Mittan
The Daily World
The death of an inmate at Stafford Creek Correctional Center on Friday has prompted a pair of routine investigations by the state Department of Corrections and the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, officials said Wednesday.Michael Lindsey was found dead in his cell just after 3 p.m., department spokesman Jeremy Barclay said Lindsey was 32
.Grays Harbor County Coroner Lane Youmans said Wednesday morning that an autopsy was performed on Monday and that the cause of death had yet to be determined.
Lindsey was sentenced in 2007 for second-degree murder, Barclay said.Lindsey’s sister, Tiffany Trickey, of Longview, said by phone on Wednesday that Lindsey had been at Stafford Creek for about five years and had previously spent time at Airway Heights Corrections Center and at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. He was from the Lewiston and Clarkston area, she added.
Trickey’s family heard of the death, she said, on Saturday after missing calls from corrections staff on Friday.
Since then, Trickey said, she’s been “bombarded” with messages on social media from people who claim to have information about her brother’s death through other inmates who witnessed the emergency response at the prison. Those messages, she said, allege that corrections staff ignored Lindsey’s requests for medical attention, including a request just hours before he was found dead.
Lindsey, Trickey said, had long suffered from chronic abdominal and back pain, but she said she didn’t know if he’d ever been diagnosed with a condition.
“It’s been nonstop for days. People have been trying to contact us and tell us something’s wrong,” she said.“I’ve been trying to keep up with it all and it’s just absolutely crazy — it’s everywhere.
”Barclay said he didn’t know anything about requests for medical attention leading up to the death, but added that if such requests were made, they would be included in the department’s investigation.
“I know that we look forward to the autopsy coming forward so that we can clear up any rumors or any misunderstandings,” he said.“We can set the record straight once the autopsy comes out.”It could be up to eight weeks, Youman said, before the results of the autopsy are released.
Kyle Mittan, 360-537-3932, [email protected]