Strat Hotel Jumper Likely Committed Suicide, Nevada Coroner Reveals
Posted on: September 30, 2021, 09:58h.
Last updated on: September 30, 2021, 10:25h.
The man who jumped from the Strat Hotel, Casino & SkyPod in Las Vegas Tuesday night died from an apparent suicide, according to the Clark County Coroner’s office. The official cause of his demise was “blunt injuries,” the coroner’s office added.
It was revealed Wednesday that he was a 30-year-old resident of Henderson, Nev., according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Metro police did not provide a reason for him jumping.
It appears he landed near a ground-level entranceway close to a sidewalk along Las Vegas Boulevard, according to Vital Vegas.
Police were first notified about the incident at about 9 pm Tuesday in what was described initially as an “apparent suicide.” As they investigated the incident, cops closed off Las Vegas Boulevard in both directions between Bob Stupak Drive and St. Louis Avenue, according to KLAS, a local TV station.
In response, the Strat released a statement to Casino.org on Wednesday. It reads:
“First and foremost, we want to offer our sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased.
We have measures in place for the safety of our guests and team members at the SkyPod, whether they are riding our thrill rides or visiting the Observation Deck. There was not a safety lapse on any of our thrill rides, including SkyJump, nor is it possible to accidentally fall from any area that is accessible to the public.”
The statement adds if someone is struggling with mental health issues or thoughts of suicide, “We encourage you to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline of Nevada at 877-885-4673.”
Prior Fatal Jumps From The Strat
In an unrelated incident, in 2000 a 24-year-old Utah man killed himself after jumping from the same hotel, formerly known as the Stratosphere. Mitchell M. Mayfield of Tooele jumped off the observation deck at the hotel’s tower, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
He landed in some shrubs in a valet parking area, reports published at the time revealed.
To jump from the deck, it was determined Mayfield climbed over several railings, barriers, and fences. The Strat also had a security guard on duty on the observation deck, but Mayfield made his way through the barriers very quickly, the hotel revealed.
Two years later, a 16-year-old Las Vegas boy also jumped to his death from Stratosphere Tower. Levi Walton Presley jumped from the outdoor observation deck.
He landed on a hotel driveway near Las Vegas Boulevard, Metro police told the Sun. His death was ruled a suicide by the coroner’s office.
Other people also have tried to jump off the observation deck, but security guards and others were able to convince them to return to safety, the Sun said. Some people have also tried to jump from elsewhere in the complex.
Recent Murder-Suicides at Las Vegas Hotel-Casinos
In other recent incidents, suicides took place at other Las Vegas gaming properties or hotels. For instance, in March, a Wynn Las Vegas security officer and an employee of the hotel-casino died in what police described as an apparent murder-suicide in a parking garage at the Strip location.
Also, in August, two women were found on a hotel bed shot dead in a room at Las Vegas’ Palms Place Hotel & Spa, part of the Palms Casino Resort. Their deaths were later ruled to be a murder-suicide.
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Iggy....let's go Brandon!! What a loser
I agree with Mark. I couldn’t even read ingys whole comment. But I made it to this post because while i was in the parking garage at the stratosphere i got this eerie feeling then I heard something loud and not a single soul was in sight. Will always send the passed on souls love and light.
Ingy is a moron and his comment is irrelevant. Just another freeloader looking for a forum to express his stupid unrelated opinion. A man with issues died. Making $10 an hour and wising for universal income was not what drove him to jump.
security at this hotel pays $10 per hour tops. no security guard is going to try to discourage somebody from taking the jump. they are probably considering it themselves. until we pass a guaranteed universal basic income (regardless of employment or desire to work) things will continue along these lines. i refuse to ever work for a republican ever again and once their businesses fail because nobody will show up then we will see who struggles the most.
The last Jumper is Derek Etibari. His family owns medical facilities in California. He comes from a wealthy family. He was hella smart in business. But fought depression every day. I met him in person in Vegas on a land deal that didn't happen. He drove a camera that was souped up. He would speed around Vegas all the time. That is sad Condolences to his family.
To all the people saying the hotel is safe and people will find ways to kill themselves, yeah just like handing guns to toddlers as long as you put the safety on, right? Take a lesson from The Vessel in NYC, everyone swore it was safe but 4 people jumped off within months of the place opening. When you present an opportunity that's when people kill themselves. Don't blame depressed people as they can't think clearly when they're in that zone. The Vessel finally closed its doors after 4 people died, one of whom was a teenage boy happily visiting with his parents until a security guard yelled at him.
Does anyone know his name
We just left there and that is really sad. I personally think the people who work there is unfriendly and have attitudes.
@Sar what’s Sade got to do with it?? I love her music! Leave Sade outta this.
I love the stratosphere tower, the rides, the view is spectacular, is sad that the people choose this place to commit suicide
@Sar that is ridiculous. It's not the hotel's fault people want to die. It's just a very tall structure. It's very safe and a lot of fun!
Not safe Hotel.. so the people knows it is easy go this hotel for suicide.. very Sade. Why they leave to access open to the peoples ? Very very Sade .