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Sci Houtzdale Inmate Found Dead

State police and officials with the Clearfield County coroner’s office are investigating the death of an inmate at SCI Houtzdale.

According to the prison’s Acting Superintendent David Close, 33-year-old Matthew Vanzandt was found unresponsive in his cell on Wednesday, May 11.

Investigators say first responders attempted to perform life-saving measures but he was pronounced dead around 8 p.m.

Officials say Vanzandt was serving a 12-to-24-year sentence for first degree murder out of Lancaster County and had been at SCI Houtzdale since Sept. of last year.

The investigation into Vanzandt’s death is ongoing.

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