(L.A.) Arlene Himes, 74, Died in Jail

Case Number: 2023-17072

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 74-year-old White/Caucasian female that occurred while in custody of the Sheriff’s Department at the Century Regional Detention Facility.

The coroner’s office has identified the woman as Arlene Himes.

Blonde hair. Blue eyes. Height: 5 feet 2 inches. Weight: 117 pounds

Manner of Death: Natural

Cause of Death A: Acute Peritonitis

Cause of Death B: Perforated Duodenal Ulcer

RIP ARLENE JEAN HIMES (December 2, 1949 – December 7, 2023)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Thursday at 4:00 a.m.

The Department of Medical Examiner publicly disclosed the COD ruling on February 3, presumably after the results of tox screening came back negative for substances.


The decedent was found lifeless inside the cell she was assigned to at CDRF, which is a women’s jail located in Lynwood, California, about eight miles south of downtown L.A. She had been picked up the day before her death by Glendora Police because of a bench warrant for failure to appear in court and was being held on a misdemeanor charge with bail set at 25,000 dollars. The bench warrant appears to have been because of an allegation of “243(E)(1) – Battery On Spouse / Cohabitant / Former Spouse” made in June 2023 in the jurisdiction of the San Dimas area. The 243(E)(1) was a misdemeanor charge and she had been let out on her own recognizance.

This is the 44th in-custody death for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department in 2023.