The Virginia State Police have concluded their investigation into the death of Jamycheal Mitchell at Hampton Roads Regional Jail and have handed their findings to Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie N. Morales.
Morales’ office will now take over the investigation, according to a news release issued Friday. That will include examining records and interviewing 22 employees of NaphCare, the medical provider that contracted with the jail during the time Mitchell was housed there.
Mitchell, 24, died after losing nearly 50 pounds during a 101-day stay in the jail on shoplifting allegations. He was supposed to be transferred to a state mental hospital for treatment, but never made it because of clerical errors.
No information has been publicly provided that explains what led to his death.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday that NaphCare had agreed to make records and employees available to investigators.
NaphCare’s chief administrative officer said the company never received requests from Virginia State Police for any documents related to Mitchell’s death.
State police officials have not returned requests for information about what was asked of NaphCare in the course of their investigation, which began last year.
Morales, in a court filing last week, said the medical provider had refused to make certain witnesses available and said records obtained by state police “do not reflect the totality of the file maintained on Jamycheal Mitchell by the medical services provider.”
Officials with NaphCare held a conference call with Morales on Tuesday.
Bradford T. McLane, the company’s chief of administration, acknowledged Wednesday that the company in late November declined to make current and former employees available for police interviews without counsel present. The company later complied with every request made by a state police investigator, he said.
After state police began their investigation last year, Morales asked them in August for additional investigation after she reviewed preliminary findings. In March, she asked police to investigate new allegations.
The findings of the latest round of investigation were handed over Friday, Morales’ office said.