An assistant prosecutor with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office was found dead outside his office Monday.
He was being investigated for crime against children. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigates people who use online technology to sexually exploit children.
Amie a neighbor said the search at Platt’s home lasted nearly seven hours, and she observed officers taking a few items from the home and carrying them to a large, white crime scene truck.
The Salt Lake City Police Department said Chad Platt jumped to his death from a parking structure on at 81 E 300 S on Monday morning around 5:30. Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilking confirmed the victim was Chad Platt, and that “it was a suicide,” due to a “fall from height.”
One neighbor, reported, officers forced their way into Platt’s home.
“I went up to one of the officers, he was standing in the front yard and I just asked if everything was OK. He said we’re serving a search warrant and he couldn’t tell me anything but I could see, on his patch, I saw that it said ‘internet crimes,'” – Amie a neighbor
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, Platt’s boss, released the following statement:
Chad was a valued colleague and friend. We were heartbroken to learn of his death Monday morning. It would be highly inappropriate and disrespectful, both to him and his family, to speculate on whatever Chad may or may not have been thinking. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by this office.