Sheriff's office identifies man who died of apparent suicide at jail

An inmate inside the Platte County Detention Center died Monday, May 22 inside the facility.

Matthew Harrold

Matthew Harrold

At about 9:55 a.m., detention officers discovered a white male in his 40s dead of an apparent suicide by hanging. He was found off of a day room. No foul play was initially suspected.

The victim was later identified as 41-year-old Matthew Harrold, recently charged with a felony for fleeing from the Platte City Police Department in a vehicle pursuit and misdemeanor sexual abuse involving the daughter of his girlfriend. He had been taken into custody after a lengthy chase through residential Platte County just 10 days before his death.

The alleged sexual assault victim had recently made accusations that Harrold exposed himself, touched her inappropriately and made lewd comments in front of her between 2014 and 2015 at their Platte City home.

The investigation into Harrold’s death continues in a joint effort between Platte County Sheriff’s Office detectives and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.