Siskiyou Sheriff's Office rule inmate death as homicide

Detectives said a forensic autopsy revealed that an inmate at the Siskiyou County Jail who died on Dec. 13 was strangled to death.

Posted: Dec 15, 2020 11:44 AM
Updated: Dec 23, 2020 11:45 AM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (Update 11:39 a.m.) – Detectives said a forensic autopsy revealed that an inmate at the Siskiyou County Jail who died on Dec. 13 was strangled to death.

Around 9 a.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Correctional Deputies found an unresponsive male inmate lying in his bed. The on-site medical staff began life-saving measures and additional emergency medical personnel responded to the jail.

Authorities said their attempts were unsuccessful. 47-year-old Alan Gene Gibson Jr., of Happy Camp, California, was pronounced dead at the jail.

Detectives originally stated there were no obvious signs of foul play and there is no indication the death was a result of any act of violence. However, after a forensic autopsy, detectives said it revealed the cause of Gibson's death was homicide due to strangulation.

SCSO Detectives said they identified 22-year-old Brenan McCovey, of Orleans, California, as the one responsible for Gibson’s death.

On October 16, 2020, Brenan McCovey was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail for vehicle theft and obstructing and resisting arrest. McCovey remains in-custody authorities say he now faces additional charges of murder.

The sheriff's office said this investigation is ongoing. Anyone has any information related to this homicide, contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 841-2900.

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