Inmate dies at Virginia Beach Correctional Center

Francis Phillip Charrette Credit: Virginia Beach Correctional Center

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — An inmate at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center died over the weekend, officials confirm to 10 On Your Side.

Jail officials say Francis Phillip Charrette, 57, passed away during the overnight morning hours of Sunday.

Charrette had been booked four days prior on a traffic offense and a felony charge of possession of a Schedule I or II drug.

Jail staff put Charrette in the detoxification housing for observation and treatment because of the nature of his charges, his medical screening and history.

Officials say Charrette had been in and out of the Virginia Beach Correctional Center since 2003, mostly for alcohol-related charges.

Deputies reportedly saw an “unusual amount of inmate activity” in the detoxification block around 12:15 a.m. Sunday. A corporal found one of the inmates, who was later identified as Charrette, unresponsive on his bunk.

Police have confirmed there is no suspicion of foul play at this time. Jail officials say there is no indication Charrette was in distress before his death.

Charrette reportedly had interactions with jail staff around 11 p.m. Saturday during inmate headcount and medication delivery to the block. Officials say that block was last checked by a deputy at 11:50 p.m.

Jail officials say they have been trying to notify Charrette’s family of his death, but police have been unsuccessful in locating any next of kin. Charrette was homeless and from out of state.

Officials say the Medical Examiner is determining the cause of death.

If anyone knows Mr. Charrette’s family or may know how to find them, they’re asked to please call the Virginia Beach Police Department at 757-385-4101.