Crime

Nisqually Jail inmate’s death is still under investigation; no cause yet

Screengrab of Andrew Westling’s profile on Facebook.
Screengrab of Andrew Westling’s profile on Facebook. The Olympian

The death of a young Yelm man found dead in his cell at the Nisqually Jail on Tuesday morning is still under investigation, authorities said.

The man was identified as Andrew Westling, 19, who had been arrested Sunday night after a disturbance at a Yelm service station.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said an autopsy was performed Thursday, and there were no signs of trauma, assault or suicide in this “unexpected death.” The cause of death won’t be determined for eight to 10 weeks, pending toxicology results and microscopic studies, he said.

“Nothing appears to be suspicious,” the coroner told The Olympian.

Yelm Police arrested Westling on suspicion of fourth-degree assault and being minor in possession. He was arrested at a service station at 16507 State Route 507 near Bald Hill Road following a report of belligerent behavior, including an allegation that he spit in a customer’s face.

Several friends on Facebook have posted photos and thoughts about Westling, including a link to music that he created.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869, @andyhobbs

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