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Woman jumps to death inside Salt Lake City Library

Published March 12, 2011 4:52 pm

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A woman jumped to her death off an indoor pedestrian bridge at the main branch of the Salt Lake City Library Friday — the third public suicide reported at the downtown site since 2006.

Salt Lake City police Lt. Bryce Johnson said that about 9:30 a.m. Friday, several people around the library saw and heard a woman screaming and then saw her lying on the ground inside the library.

Johnson said the woman, who did not have any identification, apparently jumped off a fourth-floor pedestrian bridge.

"There was no question how it took place," Johnson said Saturday, adding library surveillance footage recorded what happened. "It was an intentional suicide."

Police later identified the woman.

Salt Lake City Library Executive Director Beth Elder said the woman jumped from a bridge used to walk to bathrooms in a public area on the west side of the building.

Elder said trauma and grief counseling was immediately offered to staff witnesses.

"We are saddened and extend our condolences to the family," Elder said. The library may look into making design changes, she said.

"The building design is very transparent," Elder said. "It has great advantages to how it can be used, but we will be exploring ways in which we can make it safe."

Cimaron Neugebauer