End of Watch: 01/29/2011
Agency: Department of Corrections
County: Snohomish County
Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl was assaulted in the Monroe Correctional Facility’s chapel by an inmate. A prisoner who was serving a life sentence strangled Biendl during an escape attempt. The inmate was discovered missing during a routine headcount. He was located three minutes later in the prison chapel’s lobby and he informed the officers that he had planned to escape. After an equipment inventory it was discovered that a set of keys and a radio were missing. Other officers were dispatched to Biendl’s assigned duty post and found her unresponsive. CPR was initiated but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officer Biendl served with the Washington State Department of Corrections for eight years. She is survived by her parents and five siblings.