Police: Man Moved Body, Didn’t Summon Help Right Away when Woman Overdosed at his Denver Home

A Denver man is charged with failing to summon immediate help for a woman who fatally overdosed at his home last year.

Jesse E. Gettle, 28, is also charged with moving the woman’s body from his home, into a vehicle, then next to a garage, where she was found dead on Aug. 7, 2017.

East Cocalico Township police Detective Keith Neff charged Gettle with misdemeanor counts of involuntary manslaughter and abuse of a corpse. Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman approved the charges.

Gettle, already at Lancaster County Prison on unrelated charges, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon when bail was set at $50,000.

The following is a narrative of the incident:

Gettle called 911 on Aug. 7. 2017, about 2 p.m. for a suspected cardiac arrest on North Muddycreek Road. Police arrived and found the 22-year-old woman was deceased next to a detached garage. A deputy coroner pronounced the woman dead there.

Gettle initially told police he and the woman used heroin the previous night and she left his home around 12:30 a.m. He told police he did not see her again until returning from work that afternoon.

Police later interviewed Gettle again. Gettle told police the woman become unconscious at his home and he moved her to her vehicle. Gettle told police he then moved her to a location next to the garage.

Gettle said he then went to work and called 911 when he came home.

“Mr. Gettle either transported and left the unconscious victim, known to be overdosing on heroin/fentanyl, outside alone without calling for medical assistance, or he transported and left the deceased victim outside alone without calling the appropriate authorities,” Detective Neff wrote in an affidavit.

An autopsy revealed the woman died of multiple drug toxicity.

Gettle is presumed innocent.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright