Man found dead on Fox Island identified

Staff writerNovember 22, 2013 

Jacob Glenn, 23, was found dead Nov. 21 on Fox Island.

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Jacob Glenn had his share of problems in the past but his family says drugs were not among them.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives, however, are investigating whether drugs played a role in the 23-year-old Gig Harbor man’s death this week.

An employee coming to work Thursday morning at the Fox Island Market found Glenn’s body in a ditch outside the store. He’d been fatally stabbed.

Detectives are investigating the death as a homicide but the Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to rule on the cause or manner of Glenn’s death.

“We’re investigating the possibility that it’s drug-related,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday.

No knife was found at the scene, he said. Detectives have served several search warrants in the case but have made no arrest.

Glenn graduated from Peninsula High School and loved to hunt, fish and ride dirt bikes, his family said. He always made family a priority, they said, and doted on his grandparents, checking on them regularly and spending time at their home doing chores.

“He was a very strong, loving, caring individual,” said his uncle, Kenny Thompson. “He was working hard to get his feet on the ground.”

Glenn ran into trouble in 2010 after punching another man so hard he fractured seven facial bones. Glenn pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault and was sentenced to two months in jail.

“To the best of my knowledge, all of that was behind him and he was starting to put his life together,” Thompson said.

Glenn got a job testing water for minerals and recommending filtration systems to homeowners. He was planning either to buy the business from his boss or had just bought the business, his family said.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653
Stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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