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Death of inmate at Houtzdale’s State Correctional Institution under investigation

Houtzdale – The death of a 44-year-old inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale is under investigation.

Michael Shaffer was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday afternoon according to the jail’s Superintendent, Scott Klinefelter.

CPR was administered until EMS personnel arrived, but Shaffer was pronounced dead about half an hour later.

The Clearfield County Coroner’s Office will determine the official cause of death, and Pennsylvania State Police are conducting the investigation.

Shaffer had only been at SCI Houtzdale since October 11th.

He was serving a two-to-five year sentence.