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Caymanian prisoner dies in Panama jail.

Updated: Oct 11, 2019

A Caymanian man, serving a prison sentence in Panama, has died in what authorities believe was an accident.

Mark Bodden, 37, had been serving a jail sentence in the Central American country for a “drug related offense,” officials said.


The British Embassy in Panama notified Cayman authorities of Mr. Bodden’s death on Monday afternoon.

Mr. Bodden, who had posted pictures – apparently from his jail cell – on Facebook, had been in prison since 2012.

A spokesperson for the Deputy Governor’s office on Tuesday confirmed the death of Mr. Bodden: “We were advised by officials of the British Embassy in Panama early yesterday afternoon that Mr. Bodden had passed away. His family has been notified.

“The circumstances of his death have not been confirmed but we were advised by the family that it was accidental. We are now awaiting the results of the prison and police investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

It is not known exactly how or when Mr. Bodden died at this stage, the spokesperson said.

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