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PA Dad Of Three Found Dead After Less Than One Month In Prison: Officials

Joel Vanderpool
Joel Vanderpool Photo Credit: Facebook/Joel Vanderpool

Details about the death of an inmate at a central Pennsylvania prison have been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Joel Vanderpool, 39, of Towanda, was found unresponsive in his cell during staff rounds at State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill on Wednesday, May, 4, according to Superintendent Laurel Harry.

"Emergency personnel were notified and CPR was administered until Lower Allen EMS arrived," Harry says.

Vanderpool was pronounced dead at 3:27 a.m., but the official cause of death will be determined by the Cumberland County Coroner's Office.

Vanderpool was serving a 1-to 6-year sentence for Drug-Manufacture/Sale/Deliver or Possess with Intent To out of Bradford County, according to a release by the DOC.

He was a father to two girls and a boy, according to his family.

He had been at SCI Camp Hill since April 12, officials say.

Pennsylvania state police continue to investigate.

Editor's Note This article originally stated he had three daughters, but the family has contacted Daily Voice with the right information and the article has been corrected to reflect it.

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