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Post Date:10/23/2018 1:55 PM

                Sheriff BJ Barnes reports that the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a former inmate, which occurred shortly after her release from the custody of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office’s High Point Detention Center.  At this time the cause of death is not believed to be suspicious but, rather, due to medical reasons. 


Meredith Margaret Woodell, 35, of Climax, was booked in to the Guilford County High Point Detention Center on October 10, 2018 following her arrest for failure to appear for an assigned court date.  Ms. Woodell was held on a $20,000 secured bond. 


On October 21, 2018 at approximately 1:30pm, while making routine security rounds at the High Point Detention Center, detention officers discovered that Ms. Woodell appeared to be in distress.  In-house medical attention was quickly sought for Ms. Woodell and she was briefly treated by jail medical staff on-scene.  Guilford County EMS was contacted soon thereafter and Ms. Woodell was transported to High Point Regional Hospital at approximately 2:30pm. 


Ms. Woodell was released from custody at 12:00pm on October 22, 2018 following the dismissal of her pending charges by the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office at the request of the Sheriff’s Office.  Ms. Woodell was declared deceased at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on October 22, 2018 at 5:46pm.  The Sheriff and other members of his detention staff have been in direct contact with Ms. Woodell’s family and ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy at this time as they grieve and begin to process this loss. 


As a standard practice, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office investigates all deaths which may be related to the in-custody status of a decedent.  This investigation, and the requisite autopsy by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, are ongoing at this time. 


Inquiries should be directed to Major J. Rollins at (336) 641-3648, however there is no additional information to provide at this time


PRESS RELEASE (Woodell 10-23-18)

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