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Dead pilot's abandoned car found in Centennial Park



Published: Thu, June 14, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



SALEM -- A clue in the search for information of a Harrison County man's death was discovered in the city earlier this week.

City police found the abandoned car of David Gladman, 43, of Long Street, Tippecanoe, near tennis courts in Centennial Park.

Police Chief Michael Weitz said today that a patrolman spotted the 1999 black Chrysler Sebring convertible around 1 a.m. Tuesday and made a routine check of the registration.

A law enforcement computer network responded that Marlboro Township police in Stark County were looking for the vehicle.

Salem police notified Marlboro police almost immediately after learning the car was being sought, Weitz said.

By around 2:30 a.m., a tow truck arrived to retrieve the vehicle and return it to Stark County so it could be checked for evidence.

The car was locked, and its keys were gone.

"We assume it probably was there 24 hours or less," Weitz said, noting the park is checked every night for abandoned vehicles.

The car did not appear to be damaged. Inside, police saw luggage, snacks and books.

"It looked like someone had been living inside the car," or had been on the road for a while, Weitz said.

Looking for clues: Marlboro Township police returned later Tuesday to search the area near where the car was parked for additional evidence, but none was found.

Gladman's body, clothed in a sweat shirt and sweat pants, was found June 5 in a ditch in Marlboro Township. No marks were found on the body indicating foul play.

The Stark County coroner's office is investigating but has yet to rule on the cause of death.

Until more information is available, police are handling Gladman's death as a homicide.

Gladman was most recently a pilot assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing Air Reserve Station at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Officials at the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna said Gladman had been assigned to their base for 10 years.




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