Updated: Inmate found dead in Dartmouth jail identified

Philip Croucher comments@cbpost.com
Published on April 8, 2014

The Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.

©Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax


A 23-year-old man was found unconscious and unresponsive in his cell shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.

The province’s justice department says staff began medical treatment on the inmate immediately, but he was pronounced dead just before 9 a.m.

On Tuesday morning, police identified the dead man as Clayton Daniel Cromwell of Halifax.

“At this time there’s no indication of foul play,” said police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages.

Bourdages said the file will remain open with police until an official cause of death is determined by the province’s medical examiner. He said more tests are required following the completion of an autopsy.

Justice Minister Lena Diab said her department is investigating the man’s death, referring to the incident as “tragic.”

Cromwell was arrested back in February after after police conducted a drug search in Halifax.

On Feb. 7, officers with Halifax Regional Police and RCMP Integrated Drug Unit searched an apartment on Tamarack Drive, seizing cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash.

Cromwell, along with Elizabeth Mary Cromwell, 51, were arrested at the scene without incident.

He was facing charges of possession with the purpose of trafficking and four additional charges of breaching court orders.

Dating back to June 2012, Cromwell also has criminal convictions for assault, assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with conditions.