Two Rivers Reports Inmate Death


An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly late Saturday night at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.

Benjamin Yzaguirre
Benjamin Yzaguirre

As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 9:39 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, Benjamin Yzaguirre, 64, was found unresponsive in his cell. Security and medical staff immediately began life-saving efforts, which continued by Umatilla Emergency Medical Technicians, to no avail. Yzaguirre was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 10:55 p.m.

Yzagiurre entered DOC custody on July 2, 2015, on one count of rape and one count of sodomy out of Marion County. His expected release date was June 11, 2021.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates.