Lee’s Summit man at center of child pornography investigation commits suicide

March 26, 2014 

A Lee’s Summit man at the center of a child pornography investigation committed suicide the afternoon of March 25 according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office reported receiving a call just before noon from a man stating he just witnessed a car drive into Lake Jacomo at a high rate of speed.

Deputies responded, and with the assistance of Lee’s Summit Underwater Recovery, a vehicle was pulled from the water with a man inside.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the victim’s identity and noted what appeared to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the victim’s head.

The man was then identified as 40-year-old Jeffrey D. Welch of Lee’s Summit.

Investigators have since learned the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force was investigating Welch for crimes relating to child pornography.

Based upon the Welch’s death, the WMCCTF investigation is now closed.

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