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Deceased Lycoming County inmate identified as State College woman

An inmate who died at Muncy state prison in Lycoming County has been revealed as a Centre County resident.

Superintendent Robert Smith reported the death of Janica Germello, 28, of State College, in a Department of Corrections news release Tuesday. Germello was reportedly found unresponsive in the shower Sunday evening.

Corrections officers provided emergency first aid until paramedics arrived, the release said. She was declared dead at 9:38 p.m. by paramedics through a Muncy Valley Hospital physician.

The official cause of death will be determined by the Lycoming County coroner, the release said. The coroner and state police will conduct an investigation.

Germello garnered statewide news coverage in September 2013 when she attempted to flee in an unmarked cruiser while handcuffed. She was serving a one-and-a-half to four-year sentence for manufacturing and possession with the intent to deliver heroin.

Authorities have notified her next of kin, the release said.

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