Police investigate TVRJ inmate’s death

State Police are investigating what they call the suspicious death of an inmate at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail near Norton.

Regional Jail Authority spokeswoman Ashley Bennett said Monday the body of 36-year-old Charles Ellison has been sent to the West Virginia medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

She couldn’t comment on the apparent cause of death.

Media outlets say Ellison was found dead by his cell mate Friday at the jail near Norton.

Ellison had been in the jail since October 2011 on burglary, forgery and obstruction charges, as well as charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ellison, of Slatyfork, was named in a seven-count indictment in 2011 charging him with two counts of burglary, three counts of grand larceny, one count of conspiracy and one count of breaking and entering.

According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 20, 2011, Ellison allegedly broke into Appalachian Sport in Marlinton and stole nine guns valued at more than $1,000. On Sept. 18, 2001, Ellison allegedly broke into Slatyfork Farms and took a Sony LCD television, two Vizio 19-inch televisions and one Samsung 40-inch television, all valued at more than $1,800.

According to the indictment, Ellison also allegedly broke into a private home in Mace. Ellison allegedly took one Sony BluRay player, one Vizio 26-inch television, one Radius speaker bar, one Sony 46-inch television, 25 DVDs, a Rinnai tankless hot water heater, one snowboard with binding, one pair of wooden snowshoes, one pair of aluminum snowshoes with snow poles and other items, all valued at more than $3,745.

According to public records, at the time of his arrest Ellis was 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 260 pounds.