An inquest will be held into the deaths in custody of Joseph Allan Kiss (25) and Adam Kenneth Reed (30) who died while in custody at the North Bay City Jail. The inquest, announced by regional supervising coroner for the North Region Sudbury Office, Dr. David Cameron, is scheduled for September 2015. Kiss died on March 26, 2013 and Reed died on Nov. 7, 2012.
The inquest will examine the events surrounding the deaths of the two men and make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. It is expected to last three days and around 12 witnesses are currently expected to take the witness stand. The inquest is scheduled to begin September 14 at the North Bay Courthouse with Dr. Steven Bodley presiding as inquest coroner and Paul Larsh as counsel to the coroner.
Reed had been arrested shortly before his death and was set to appear in bail court the day he died. Reed’s family had warned police that the man might harm himself.
Initially the North Bay Police Service conducted their own investigation and the case has now been taken over by the coroner’s office.
Reed had gone to North Bay in early August of 2012 to seek help for alcoholism. There were apparently “complications” at the treatment center he attended and his family was trying to get him back home again before he was arrested. He was remembered as a fun loving guy who loved sports.