The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 8, 2009

Teen dies at Coal Township juvenile detention center

There’s no sign of foul play, coroner says

COAL TOWNSHIP — An 18-year-old Bucks County resident died in his room Tuesday at Northwestern Academy, a juvenile detention center, officials said.

Luis Ferreiro, who lived in a single-bed unit, was found by staff at 7 a.m. and pronounced dead by Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley at 8:15 a.m.

There was no indication of foul play, Kelley said in a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon. Calls to the detention center Tuesday night were not answered. It was not known why Ferreiro was being held in the center.

An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the teen’s death was conducted Tuesday by Dr. Samuel Land at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. The results of those tests will be received in 10 to 12 weeks, Kelley said.

The coroner’s office, Northumberland County district attorney’s office and Coal Township police Detective Jeff Brennan are investigating.

Kelley’s statement indicated that Ferreiro’s death bore no similarities to the January 2005 restraint-related death of Walter Brown, of West Philadelphia, at Northwestern Academy. Brown was incarcerated for participating in an armed robbery.

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