Father and son were found dead in a Salt Lake City office building, dying in apparent murder-suicide

The police did not release the name of the man’s 16-year-old son.

(SLCPD) Salt Lake City Police Department are investigating after two people were found dead in an office complex on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Salt Lake City Police said Monday a father is accused of killing his 16-year-old son before killing himself.

Two people found dead in an office complex on Saturday died in an apparent murder-suicide, Salt Lake City Police said in a news release Monday.

According to the press release, the bodies of 49-year-old Parth Gandhi and his 16-year-old son were found in an office building near 3000 S. Highland Drive.

Police say Gandhi is suspected of killing his son before killing himself. Police have not released the name of his 16-year-old son.

The investigation began when someone called 911 on Saturday and reported finding a body. When responders from the Salt Lake City Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance arrived at the scene, they found both bodies, the press release said.

Officers conducted a social check at Gandhi’s home near Sunnyside Park as part of the investigation, police said. Further details were not announced on Monday.

According to the clinic’s website, Gahndi worked as a neuropsychologist and clinic director at Salt City Psychedelic Therapy and Research, located at 2936 S. Highland Drive.

A call to the clinic Monday went straight to voicemail, and a message left by The Salt Lake Tribune was not immediately answered.

According to records from the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, he was a licensed psychologist in Utah, although his full name is listed in the records as “Partha Vimal Gandhi.”

According to the records, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in philosophy in 2001; The Salt City Psychedelic Therapy and Research Clinic website also states that Gandhi completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at BYU. It states that he specialized in neuropsychology.

School resource officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department have been working with the Salt Lake City School District to ensure mental health resources are available to students and staff, the release said.

“Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for all community members and to ensure that people with mental health issues receive the care and support they need,” the police said in a statement.

The Salt Lake City School District declined to comment Monday.

Editor’s noteIf you or people you know are at risk of harming yourself, call or text 988 to reach them the lifeline for suicide and crisis for 24-hour support.

Justin Scaccy

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