Lyman James Platt

St. George police are hoping someone will come forward and help solve a murder case that's turned cold.

Police are offering a cash reward in hopes of generating tips that lead them to whoever killed Lyman James Platt, who was found shot to death Dec. 23, 2002, inside his small Bluff Street golf shop.

Platt, 38, was last seen alive around 6 p.m. inside Discount Golf. He was shot several times in the head and chest, but there was no apparent robbery or sign of a struggle. The shop wasn't ransacked; it appears that whoever did it just walked into the shop, killed Platt and then walked out.

"It's just a mystery to us," St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said Thursday.

Police have investigated numerous leads and tips that came in shortly after the slaying, but the trail has now run cold.

"We've investigated all those leads," said St. George Police Capt. Barry Golding. "Anybody who had motive to harm him, nothing panned out."

Platt, his wife and three children moved to southern Utah from Missouri to open the golf shop just a few months before the slaying. His family has since left the area, Harding said.

After five years, police are hoping someone who knows something about what happened will step forward and help them solve the crime.

"We've solved homicides before with people talking," Golding said. "In a jail, in a bar. We're hoping that if that's happened, if this information gets out ... by chance somebody's heard something and knows something since the murder."

Anyone with information on the slaying is asked to call St. George police at 435-634-5000.

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