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Hutchinson Correctional Facility Inmate Cause of Death Unknown, Found in Cell Experiencing Medical Distress


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — An inmate at Hutchinson Correctional Facility died Thursday, Aug. 10.

The Kansas Department of Corrections said Matthew Rutter, 36, was found in his cell experiencing medical distress, at which point staff began life-saving measures. Shortly after that he was pronounced dead by emergency medical services personnel.

Cause of death is unknown pending results of an independent autopsy. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death, as they do anytime a person in the custody of KDOC dies.

Rutter was serving sentences from Johnson and Wyandotte Counties for aggravated burglary and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. Online records of the Department of Corrections indicated Rutter entered DOC custody in July, 2019, and had been at Hutchinson since March of this year.

At the time of his death, Rutter was being held in special management at HCF’s Central Unit. His earliest possible release date listed by KDOC was in September, 2026.