Police seek public’s help finding man wanted on $1M warrant after death of teen girl

David Oliver Glatzer. Photo: Salt Lake County
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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, Dec. 7, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The South Salt Lake Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a man wanted for manslaughter after the death of a 16-year-old girl in 2016.

The suspect is David Oliver Glatzer, 42, of South Salt Lake, who has been charged on suspicion of:

  • Manslaughter, a second-degree felony
  • Endangerment of a child, a third-degree felony
  • Unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old, intercourse, a third-degree felony

Glatzer, who is believed to be homeless, is wanted on a $1 million warrant, which means that once in custody, his bail is expected to be set at about $1 million — much higher than the average amount.

According to a probable cause statement, Glatzer called 911 on Nov. 13, 2016, about a 16-year-old girl who was not breathing. The girl, identified in court papers as J.P., was dead.

After initially telling officers he didn’t know how J.P. got in his house, Glatzer then said he let her in and she became unconscious. After being read his Miranda rights, Glatzer told police he had met J.P. on TRAX a day earlier, and they had ridden around, then came to his residence, where they smoked heroin and had sex.

“Glatzer said that he had to show J.P. how to prepare the heroin to smoke it,” the probable cause statement says. “Glatzer also told detectives he had given J.P. three 800 mg tablets of gabapentin during the night ‘to relax her.'”

Gabapentin is a prescription drug used to treat seizures, nerve pain and some anxiety disorders.

“Glatzer said he then had sex with J.P.,” the statement said. “Later, J.P became ill and vomited and he put her to bed.”

Glatzer told investigators that at about 5:30 or 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2018, “he found J.P. ‘turning blue and not breathing.’ Glatzer did not call for help for approximately two hours, instead putting J.P in a cold shower to revive her.”

A forensic toxicologist determined that the gabapentin found in J.P.’s blood was about seven times the amount Glatzer had admitted to giving her, and that alone could have been fatal. In addition, the amount of heroin in her system had increased the chance of J.P.’s death, the expert said.

DNA tests also confirmed Glatzer had sex with the teen. Glatzer was 40 at the time of the incident.

Glatzer is 6 feet tall and weighs about 175 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding Glatzer’s whereabouts is asked to call the South Salt Lake Police Department at 801-840-4000.


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