POSTED: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 2:36pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 12:10am
From: Gregg County Sheriffs Department
Sheriff's Investigators and the Texas Rangers are investigating the early morning death of a woman who was in custody at the Gregg County Jail. Staff members found Amy Lynn Cowling 33 of Gilmer unresponsive in a separation cell at the North facility before midnight Tuesday. Cowling was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center and was deceased on arrival.
"Late Tuesday night Jailers discovered Cowling and a team from the Medical Staff responded and immediately administered CPR to her", Captain Mike Claxton said. Longview Fire Department Paramedics were called to the facility at 12:22 am and had picked up Cowling and arrived at the hospital trauma room by 12:39 am. Cowling had been in custody since December 24, 2010.
Sheriff's procedure is that custodial death investigations are worked by the Rangers with assistance from Sheriff Investigators. Judge BH Jameson ordered an autopsy examination be performed on Cowling at the Southeast Texas Forensic Center at Tyler. It is likely that the results of that procedure will be learned in the coming days.
Mike Claxton, Captain
Our news partners at the Longview News-Journal report that a woman was found unresponsive in her cell at the Gregg County Jail this morning... and later died at the hospital.
Amy Lunn Cowling, 33, of Gilmer was found by staff members in a separation cell just before midnight on Tuesday.
She was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
The News-Journal reports that Cowling had been in Gregg County custody since December 24th.
The incident is under investigation by the Sheriff's Department and Texas Rangers.