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Inmates who died in Snohomish County Jail identified

EVERETT—A 36-year-old man who was found unresponsive inside his cell at the Snohomish County Jail around 11 a.m. on Monday, January 15, has been identified as Brendon E. Tesch, of Marysville, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. His last known address was Lake Stevens. The cause and manner of death are pending.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office also identified Jonathan M. Reilly of Everett and Andrey Biruk of Kirkland, who both died in the Snohomish County Jail on September 7, 2023, and September 11, 2023, respectively. Both died of natural causes.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed the examination and confirmed the identification of the 38-year-old male who was found deceased at the Snohomish County Jail in Everett, Washington on October 25th, 2023. Out of respect for the family, the decedent is not being named. The cause of death is fentanyl intoxication and manner ruled accidental.

January 15 Jail Death

According to the Sheriff’s Office, during a routine check, a corrections deputy discovered the inmate unresponsive inside of his cell. Corrections staff immediately called a medical emergency and began lifesaving measures. Attempts to resuscitate the inmate were unsuccessful.

Snohomish County Jail
A typical cell inside the county Jail. SOURCE: Jail Living Conditions | Snohomish County, WA – Official Website (snohomishcountywa.gov)

The 36-year-old inmate was booked into the Snohomish County Jail by the Lynnwood Police Department on August 17, 2023. The inmate was being held on $595,000 bail for a slew of charges:

  • Reckless driving
  • Second-degree assault
  • Residential burglary
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Vehicle theft tools
  • Two counts of second-degree burglary
  • Theft of a motor vehicle

The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree was dismissed.

A morbidity review is being conducted. This is a review of the death from a clinical standpoint and is independent of the death investigation, which is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit. Detectives are also conducting a full investigation including looking for contraband.


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