UPDATE: Person of Interest in Homicide Investigation Dies After Being Found Unresponsive in Jail Cell

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UPDATE: The coroner confirmed Robert Thurner was pronounced dead around 1:20 p.m. Sunday at Geisinger Medical Center. According to the coroner, Thurner attempted to hang himself. The incident remains under investigation.

(Original story)

BLOOMSBURG -- Prison officials in Columbia County confirm a person of interest in a woman's death in Northumberland County was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday morning.

Robert Thurner was taken to the Columbia County Prison Friday night on an unrelated charge.

His girlfriend, 38-year-old Penny Mansfield, was found dead in her backyard in Mount Carmel. Her body was discovered under an open second-floor window.

Prison officials say they gave Thurner CPR around 10:30 a.m., and he was then taken to the hospital.

There's no word on Thurner's condition at this time.

The incident is under investigation by Bloomsburg police and prison administration.


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