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Death of 38-year-old Kan. inmate under investigation



TOPEKA, Kan. —An El Dorado Correctional Facility resident, Ryan Mitchell, died Thursday, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Preliminary assessment indicates the death was not related to COVID-19.

Per protocol, when a resident dies in the custody of KDOC, the death is under investigation by KDOC and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI).

Mitchell was serving a 176-month sentence for intent to distribute and a weapons charge. He had been imprisoned with KDOC since Oct. 2018.

The 1,955 bed El Dorado Correctional Facility opened in 1991 and was expanded in 1995 and 2001. The facility is designed for maximum- and medium-custody residents and serves as the Reception and Diagnostic Unit (RDU) for all adult males sentenced to KDOC. In RDU, residents receive orientation and are assigned to a custody classification, appropriate programs and a permanent housing assignment.