Unified Police close 35-year-old cold case homicide

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Unified Police have identified two men, both deceased, who they say were responsible for killing a man back in 1980.

The body of 22-year-old Timothy Glashien was discovered in Millcreek Canyon on February 23, 1980. Police said Glashien had been shot multiple times. According to a news release from UPD, detectives investigated the case very thoroughly, but were unable to charge anyone and the case went cold.

The case was reopened earlier this year by detectives with UPD's Major Investigations Unit. Detectives learned Ace W. Fairbanks had arranged for Glashien to buy marijuana from Stephen W. Anderson. The three were last seen leaving a "known location," the news release said, and that was the last time Glashien was seen alive.

According to Unified Police, the motive for Glashien's murder was robbery as Fairbanks and Anderson colluded to take Glashien's money.

Earlier in the investigation, Utah detectives traveled to California and interviewed Anderson about Glashien's death.

Police said Anderson admitted to shooting Glashien multiple times. However, Anderson was never brought to Utah to face criminal charges. Anderson was executed by lethal injection in 2002 after he was convicted of another homicide in California.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office found there would have been probable cause to charge Anderson in Glashien's murder if he had still been alive.

They also found there was evidence to charge Fairbanks with second-degree murder and aggravated robbery, but the statute of limitations ran out in 1984. Fairbanks died in Iowa in 1986. Police said there is no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the murder and the case will now be closed.

2 comments

  • bob

    If the guy confessed in the 1980s then why are you only closing the case now? This is a very confusing story.

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