A guard at a US state prison has been found strangled inside the prison’s chapel.
Washington State Prison spokesman Chad Lewis said 34-year-old Jayme Biendl was found dead in the chapel at Monroe Correctional Complex, where she worked.
Mr Lewis said that an inmate, who had been missing during a routine count, was found in the chapel lobby and told officers he had planned to escape.
Monroe police are investigating whether that inmate or someone else strangled Ms Biendl.
A union spokeswoman said Ms Biendl, who had been with the department since 2002, had complained to her union shop steward and prison supervisors about being the sole guard working in the chapel and feeling unsafe.