19-year-old found dead in county workhouse

Corrections officers were waking up residents when they found him unresponsive.

A 19-year-old man in a county workhouse died over the weekend after being found unresponsive by officers doing a wake-up call.

Bearheart Buehlmann died Saturday at about 8:30 a.m. at the Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility in Plymouth, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said. The workhouse provides short-term programming and custody (that means up to a year) for adults convicted of certain crimes.

Buehlmann's public criminal history shows he was sent to the workhouse in May after admitting to violating his probation following a marijuana conviction.

He was discovered Saturday by facility corrections officers – paramedics were then called, a spokesperson for the county told GoMN.

The cause of death will be determined later. The sheriff's office is investigating.

The corrections facility is suspending all visits and phone calls to the men's section for the time-being so they can do a complete review of the facility, with a spokesperson calling it a "best practice and due diligence."

"We want to make sure we have looked at everything for everyone's safety including visitors," the spokesperson said.

The facility holds about 477 people with 399 of the beds designated for men, the rest for women.

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