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Adult male in custody dies at Mercy Medical Center

Written by on April 18, 2024

ROSEBURG, Ore. — An adult male who had been in custody at the Douglas County Jail died at Mercy Medical Center on Monday.

On Monday, April 15, 2024, deputies in the jail found 33-year-old Derek Michael Ruh unconscious and unresponsive in his bunk. Deputies initiated resuscitative efforts and dialed 9-1-1 for an ambulance. Once EMS arrived on scene, they took over lifesaving efforts and transported Ruh to Mercy Medical Center. Ruh was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the death. On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, an autopsy was conducted at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. Full toxicological screening is pending, but Ruh’s death is suspected to be the results of a drug overdose. 

Drug overdose deaths within the community have increased significantly over the past several years. Each overdose death is heartbreaking and has a profound impact on the lives lost and those who knew them.

“I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Ruh,” Sheriff John Hanlin remarked.

Ruh had been taken into custody by the Roseburg Police Department on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Officers located a suspicious vehicle associated with an earlier missing person call. Officers contacted the passenger, Derek Ruh, who had a contempt of court warrant out of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

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