A 34-year-old homeless man found dead in downtown Corvallis last month had suffered a seizure at the Benton County Jail earlier in the day, but declined offers to be taken to a hospital, Sheriff Scott Jackson said.
Jose Francisco Semadeni died May 19 shortly after being released from the jail, Jackson said. Semadeni had been arrested May 18 on a charge of second-degree criminal trespassing. He was being held in the jail while he sobered up from alcohol intoxication, the sheriff said.
Officers who arrested Semadeni reportedly received a medical clearance from Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center following the arrest.
Early in the morning on May 19, Semadeni had a seizure, Jackson said. Jail deputies called an ambulance and paramedics examined Semadeni, the sheriff said. Semadeni refused to be taken to the hospital.
Shortly after the seizure, the deputies had Semadeni do a breathalyzer test, which indicated Semadeni was sober, Jackson said. Jail deputies told Semadeni he was being released and asked him if they could drive him to the hospital, the sheriff said. Semadeni again refused, Jackson said.
“He said, ‘No,’” Jackson said. Semadeni said he "has these (seizures), he works through them, and they’re no big deal. So he walked out,” the sheriff noted.
He said the jail deputies did their best to encourage Semadeni to seek medical attention.
“They tried to do everything they could to get him some help,” Jackson said.
A passerby reported about 6:30 a.m. that he found a man’s body lying on the sidewalk in the 500 block of Northwest Madison Avenue. The Corvallis Police Department and Corvallis Fire Department responded, finding Semadeni. Foul play is not suspected.
Corvallis police have not released records related to the investigation into Semadeni’s death. The Gazette-Times submitted a records request for that information June 1. Police spokesman Lt. Daniel Duncan said Thursday the department’s investigation into Semadeni’s death, which was not being investigated as a crime, was complete.
The Gazette-Times submitted a public records request to the Oregon State Medical Examiner on May 31 for Semadeni’s autopsy report. Lt. Cari Boyd, public information officer for the Oregon State Police, which oversees the state medical examiner, said the office’s public records requests are backlogged to September 2016.