Buhl Man Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Blaine County Jail Fall


By Paul Johnson

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the death of a Blaine County Jail inmate over the past weekend.

Mitchel Wayne Christensen, 23 fell Friday, about 13 feet from a second floor rail in the jail facility. The inmate suffered a severe head injury. He died Saturday in a Boise hospital.

Sheriff Gene Ramsey said that the man climbed on the top rail after leaving his cell. When deputies entered the cell block, he jumped. At this point Sheriff Ramsey said it looks like a suicide but has an independent investigation team to look at the case.

This is a very sad situation, the sheriff said. It affects the man’s family and those who had close dealings with him.

The Buhl resident was a resident of the Wood River Valley last December when he allegedly committed a robbery at the Base Camp Fuel convenience store on Warm Springs Road in Ketchum. At the time, he was an employee of the store. He had been charged with providing false information to police and grand theft.

In January, he was released on bond, but returned to the Blaine County Jail Thursday June 12 after being arrested in Twin Falls on an unrelated robbery charge. He was returned to the Blaine County jail on a failure to appear warrant.

The suspect was also a suspect in pharmacy robberies in Utah and in Blackfoot Idaho. Christensen had a million dollar warrant that had been issued for the Blackfoot robbery.

A service for Mitchel will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014 the the First Christian Church in Buhl, Idaho according to the Farmer Funeral Chapel.

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