Identity and cause of death of Berkshire HOC individual

Some questions are finally answered. The identity of the person who died while in custody at Berkshire County Reformatory has been confirmed.

According to a media statement from the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the person who died in custody at
The Berkshire County Reformatory has committed suicide.

State Police are investigating the death of Adams’ 34-year-old Stavri Yanka on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Members of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office discovered that Yanka was unresponsive in her cell around 4:30 p.m. Correctional staff called 911 and attempted rescue measures. .

The county ambulance transported Yanka to Berkshire Medical Center, where a doctor declared him dead. The chief medical examiner’s office took over Yanka’s body and performed an autopsy on Monday and determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation and the mode of death as suicide.

In the media statement, District Attorney Andrea Harrington said this:

I offer my condolences to Mr. Yanka’s family, friends during this very difficult time. I thank the staff of the House of Correction for their response and their attempts to save Mr. Yanka’s life and the State Police Detective Unit for their investigation of the case. I want anyone who might be thinking about suicide to know that there are people out there who care, support, and help you.

The Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office booked Yanka into the facility on Thursday, November 4, 2021, after Adams Police arrested him on a break and enter charge in the nightly charges.

Yanka was awaiting trial for assaulting a family member when Adams police arrested him and the court ordered Yanka’s detention for violating his release conditions in the pending case when he was arrested. in charge on Friday.

Members of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office reported that staff performed mental health and medical examinations on Yanka when he entered the facility and was not at high risk of injury.

The investigation remains open. Berkshire State Police Detective Unit assigned to Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section and Berkshire District Attorney examine always video surveillance, incident reports, other evidence and conduct formal interviews with those involved.

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