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UPDATE: Man who died at Cerro Gordo County Jail in Mason City is from Bloomington

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The person who died at the Cerro Gordo County Jail in Mason City on Saturday was a Bloomington man who was arrested on New Year's Eve.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, correctional officers found 54-year-old Edward Hochstatter unresponsive in the jail's male dormitory. Jail staff immediately started lifesaving efforts, but were unable to revive Hochstatter.

The DPS said Hochstatter was arrested on the evening of December 31 by Clear Lake Police for operating while intoxicated.

The State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa carried out an autopsy on Monday. The cause of Hochstatter's death has not yet been determined. The autopsy did show that there were no signs of trauma. Neuropathology and toxicology lab tests will also be conducted. It could be several weeks before the results of those tests are complete.

According to the DPS, Hochstatter was one of give people in the male dorm, which is a large, well-lit, video-monitored and recorded room with bunk beds, table, and television. Investigators say the surveillance video, interviews with inmates and staff, and the autopsy determined that there was no foul play in Hochstatter's death.

This is the second time in a month that there has been a death at the jail in Mason City. According to the Iowa DPS, Dacota Witham, 28, of Mason City was found unresponsive in his cell on December 1. Immediate lifesaving efforts were started. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital North Iowa. An autopsy was performed on Witham, but the cause of his death is still not determined. He was alone in his cell when he was found.

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