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SCI Houtzdale Inmate Death

Authorities in Clearfield County are investigating the death of an inmate at SCI Houtzdale.

According to a press release from the prison, 44-year-old Michael Shaffer was found unresponsive in his cell on the afternoon of Oct. 23.

Investigators say life-saving measures were performed on Shaffer but were unsuccessful.

State police Clearfield and the Clearfield County coroner’s office is investigating Shaffer’s cause of death.

Authorities say Shaffer was serving a 2 to 5 year sentence for a DUI conviction out of Jefferson County and had first arrived at SCI Houtzdale on Oct. 11.

Officials say his next-of-kin has been notified.

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