At 9:18 a.m. on Friday, March 28 offender Melissa Ward No. 360548 was pronounced dead at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia.
Ward was a 43-year-old female serving a four-year sentence for one count of theft/stealing over $500 or more but less than $25,000 from Ozark County.
Ward was received in the Missouri Department of Corrections on February 7, 2011. Ward died of apparent natural causes.