Police Hunt for Son of ‘Chopped' Couple

Investigators are looking for the son of an elderly couple found dead inside their Carlsbad home.

Police have identified Dennis Gluck, 44, as the son of the couple found dead inside their Carlsbad home Sunday, as a person of interest in the investigation. Gluck was living at the home with his parents when they were killed, according to police.

Gluck is  5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has short-cropped brown hair and blue eyes. He may be driving a light tan '96 Toyota Camry with the California license plate 3TCD495. 

"It doesn't necessarily mean he's involved in the crime, but he's someone who we want to interview and find out if he does know anything or maybe connected," Sgt. Gil Beason said. 

After examining the bodies, a medical examiner report released late Wednesday revealed Jean Gluck, 77, and Harry Gluck, 90, died of "chop wounds."

Carlsbad police officers were performing a welfare check on behalf of a family member when they discovered the bodies, in the same room, inside 2719 Chestnut Avenue just after 6 p.m. Sunday. 

The medical examiner's report shows both victims had "chop wounds of the head and neck." and confirms both cases are "homicide," something investigators were reluctant to do at first. 

Jean Gluck attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church and was a very active member there. She used to volunteer at the afternoon daycare at the school next door.

Jean Gluck's brother was found in the home Sunday by officers unharmed, according to one church member.  He just moved to San Diego from New York and is blind. He's also been ruled out as a possible suspect, Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain told the North County Times Tuesday.

Harry Gluck was chairman of the California Public Employment Relations Board from 1978 to 1984.

According to investigators, there were no weapons inside and the bodies may have been in the home for at least two days.

Investigators are asking any person who may know Gluck or may have seen him to please contact the Investigations Division at 760-931-2145 or 760-931-2110.

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