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Corrections Officer Killed; Officials Want Answers

>>>FIRST ON KHQ: Female Corrections Officer Killed At Monroe Correctional Complex; WARNING: Graphic Material

SEATTLE (AP) - State officials and others are searching for answers after a corrections officer was found strangled with a microphone cord in the prison chapel.

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she has asked Department of Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail to review the death and look at safeguards in place. While the department routinely conducts internal reviews, Vail tells the Seattle Times he is considering asking an external agency to investigate.

Union officials say the officer, 34-year-old Jayme Biendl, had raised concerns about being the only guard in the chapel. She was found dead Saturday night, an hour after inmate Byron Scherf was
found in the chapel lobby. The 52-year-old Scherf had been reported missing minutes earlier during a routine count. Police say he's the primary suspect in the woman's death.

      
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