No cause released yet in Woodbury County prison death


March 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety say there aren’t many answers yet with regard to the death of a prisoner in Woodbury County. The State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy of 35-year oldAnthony R. Josta Thursday, March 28th, at their office in Ankeny.  Preliminary autopsy results indicate there is no evidence of foul play related to Josta’s death.  The cause and manner of death will be determined once toxicology tests are completed.  Those test results could take six to eight weeks.

On March 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM, Woodbury County inmate Anthony Josta, of Sioux City, was found alone in his cell, unconscious and unresponsive.  Siouxland Paramedics responded, but attempts to revive Josta were unsuccessful. Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew immediately requested assistance from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  Three agents responded and conducted an investigation into the death of Josta.

It’s routine practice for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct investigations into critical incidents involving the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office.  The State of Iowa Jail Inspector also received notification. There is no other information being released at this time.