Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Department of Detention and Corrections
- Detention Investigation Unit (DIU)
Investigative Operations Bureau
- Robbery/Homicide Unit
Dyer Kasakoff (Inmate- Deceased)
Address: 1015 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg
Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are investigating the death of a Pinellas County Jail inmate that died at a local hospital.
The inmate was found at about 5:15 p.m. on October 10, 2017.
The inmate died at about 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
The inmate was being housed at the Pinellas County Jail located at 14400 49th Street North, Clearwater.
The inmate died at Northside Hospital located at 6000 49th Street North, St. Petersburg.
According to detectives, at about 5:15 p.m., on October 10, 2017, 47-year-old inmate Dyer Kasakoff, was found unresponsive in a Central Division shower stall at the Pinellas County Jail.
Detectives say Kasakoff had a strip of fabric around his neck that was attached to a shower rod in the shower stall.
Detention deputies performed CPR on the inmate and paramedics were called to the jail. Kasakoff was transported by ambulance to Northside Hospital for life threatening injuries.
Detectives say Kasakoff had no other signs of physical injury.
Through the course of the investigation, witnesses told detectives that Kasakoff was recently seen testing the weight limits of the shower rods in the jail. Detectives also learned Kasakoff signed over power of attorney to a family member earlier the same day.
On October 12, 2017, Kasakoff died from his injures at Northside Hospital.
Detectives say Kasakoff’s death appears to be a suicide. It does not appear suspicious in nature.
Kasakoff was arrested by the St. Petersburg Police Department on September 29, 2017, for Grand Theft and Possession of Heroin.
Next-of kin has been notified.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
The investigation continues.
Booking photo of Dyer Kasakoff
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