Female inmate dies at Elmore Co. Jail

Diane Ruff
Diane Ruff
Elmore Co. Sheriff Bill Franklin
Elmore Co. Sheriff Bill Franklin

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For Diane Ruff the end came within a blink of an eye.

"This is the cell where she expired," said Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.

The Elmore County Jail had been Diane Ruff's home since May 7th.

"The District Judge sentenced Ruff to life-tech on some drug charges with the hope she would get help," said Sheriff Franklin.

There is *no* evidence of foul play in Ruff's death. In fact, just before Ruff died she told a fellow inmate she wasn't feeling well.

"She had actually told our nurse she was on 6 different prescribed medicines. A preliminary report from forensics shows Ruff died from a pulmonary embolism which is a blood clot in the lungs," said Franklin.

Ruff's family wasn't up to talking with WSFA 12 News on camera today or on the record. Ruff reportedly had two small children, and a friend remembers her as someone who was a compassionate person, but clearly there was trouble according to court records.

'She had been in and out of our jail 19 times for various charges," said Franklin.

Sheriff Franklin says he is conducting an internal investigation but is most confident the investigation will show his jailers did nothing wrong and the staff did all they could to help Ruff.

Since Franklin took over as sheriff 19 years ago, there have been 4 jail deaths; two suicides and the remaining two died from other causes.

Diane Ruff was 31 years old.

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