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Coroner: Autopsy 'inconclusive' in Whiteside County inmate's death

Toxicology results are pending

Walter E. Divers Jr.
Walter E. Divers Jr.

MORRISON – Officials still are uncertain about what killed a 28-year-old Whiteside County Jail inmate, who was found unresponsive in his cell and later died at a hospital less than a day after being arrested.

“The autopsy results are inconclusive at this point, and no cause of death was visibly or physically noted,” Coroner Joe McDonald said in an email Wednesday. “We are submitting toxicology samples at this time.”

Neither suicide nor foul play is suspected in the death of Walter E. “Boogie” Divers Jr., of Sterling, who was pronounced dead Saturday at Morrison Community Hospital, Lt. John Booker has said in a news release.

The autopsy was done Tuesday afternoon.

Toxicology results are processed at AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana, and can take up to 6 to 8 weeks, McDonald has said.

Divers was found unresponsive and immediately removed from his cell shortly after 11 a.m, and life-saving measures were performed, Booker said in the release. State Police are investigating, which is standard practice when there is a death at the jail.

Divers was arrested about noon Friday in the 700 block of Locust Street in Sterling for failure to appear in court in a 2013 case in which he was convicted for driving with a revoked licensed and resisting a peace officer.

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