State police probe Alger inmate death


Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — Michigan State Police are investigating the Thursday death of an inmate at the Alger Correctional Facility in Munising.

Chris Gautz, a spokesman with the Michigan Department of Corrections, said a prisoner was found deceased in his cell shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday. A suspect was isolated and made available to state police, which processed the crime scene that day.

Gautz said the MDOC will help the state police’s Negaunee Post in its investigation to determine motive, cause of death and what, if any, weapon was used in the incident.

The victim was Rodriguez Montez Burks, 23. According to the MDOC’s Offender Tracking Information System, he had been serving sentences for fleeing a police officer-third degree, and receiving and concealing stolen property from a motor vehicle.

Both offenses took place April 22, 2016, in Livingston County.

The suspect’s name was not released pending arrest or arraignment. Formal charges would come from the Alger County Prosecutor’s Office.