November 6, 2023

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - On Sunday morning November 5, 2023, the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office requested DCI assistance with a death investigation involving a female inmate.  Jail staff observed the woman having a medical issue.  She was transported by ambulance to Unity Point Hospital in Sioux City where she was later pronounced dead.

The female has been identified as 27-year-old Asiana Primeaux of Marty, South Dakota.  Primeaux was arrested by Sioux City Police at approximately 1:30 AM Sunday on drug charges.  An autopsy has been scheduled for later this week at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.

This is an on-going investigation, and no further details are being released at this time.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

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