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Autopsy reveals cause of death of young Clay County inmate

MOORHEAD-A 19-year-old woman who died Nov. 3 after experiencing a medical emergency at the Clay County Jail died from acute bronchopneumonia, according to information contained in the death certificate for Abby Lee Rudolph of Fargo.The death cert...

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Abby Lee Rudolph
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MOORHEAD-A 19-year-old woman who died Nov. 3 after experiencing a medical emergency at the Clay County Jail died from acute bronchopneumonia, according to information contained in the death certificate for Abby Lee Rudolph of Fargo.

The death certificate, on file with the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Vital Records, lists the manner of Rudolph's death as natural and indicates neither injury nor trauma contributed to her death.

Bronchopneumonia is a medical condition affecting the lungs.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said in November that Rudolph experienced a medical emergency the afternoon of Nov. 3.
"She was getting ill, so we called an ambulance," Bergquist said.

When the Sheriff's Office was asked about Rudolph's death on Tuesday, March 21, questions were referred to the Twin Cities offices of an attorney representing the county's insurance company.

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The attorney could not be reached for comment.
Rudolph was being held at the Clay County Jail on drug-related charges.

Her death certificate states that an autopsy of Rudolph's remains was conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

Rudolph's mother, Jill Rudolph, declined to comment for this story.

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