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Theodis Beck

North Carolina Department of Correction

For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: John McLarty
Date: September 3, 2003 Phone: (336) 694-1583

Inmate dies at prison work farm

YANCEYVILLE- Inmate Anthony Ashe died after an apparent accidental drowning at Dan River Prison Work Farm Tuesday, Sept. 2 at approximately 2:20 p.m.

According to witnesses, Ashe and another inmate were swimming across an irrigation pond located on Dan River's premises in violation of prison policy. A correctional officer ordered the inmates out of the pond. One inmate made it safely to the far side of the pond, but Ashe had gone under water. Two correctional officers and the inmate made attempts to locate Ashe.

Prison officials immediately called Caswell County EMS and Caswell and Person County Rescue Squads. After the rescue squads sent in divers and dragged the pond, Ashe’s body was found at approximately 4:50 p.m. His body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy, which is routine in inmate deaths by unusual circumstances. The Caswell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Ashe, 23, was serving a four year and three month sentence for various drug-related offenses in Forsyth County.

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