Woman kept husband’s body in freezer for up to 11 years

Both individuals were found dead in their home

Kate Ng
Wednesday 27 November 2019 13:43
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Woman kept husband's body freezer for up to 11 years, police say

The body of a man discovered in a freezer in his deceased wife’s home may have been stored for up to 11 years, police have said.

The remains of both individuals were found during a welfare check on Jeanne Souron-Mathers, 75, who had not been seen in about two weeks by a building maintenance worker.

Souron-Mathers was found dead in her bed and Utah police are not treating her death as suspicious.

The body in the freezer was identified as her husband Paul Edwards Mathers, 69. Sgt Jeremy Hansen said it was found completely intact in a chest freezer inside the home.

Detectives do not yet know how he died or if his wife was involved in his death, but suspect foul play, reported the Associated Press.

Based on when residents in the apartment complex last saw him, the man’s body could have been in the freezer any between one to 11 years, police said. The autopsy didn't narrow down that time frame, Mr Hansen said.

Mr Hansen told local media there was “no visible trauma” on the woman’s body but both remains were sent to the medical examiner to determine how the man died.

Souron-Mathers lived in the apartment since 2007 in the city of Tooele, which is located about 25 miles west of Salt Lake City.

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