A person whose physique was discovered in a freezer inside a Utah condo final month is believed to have been useless for a decade and left a word behind stating his spouse did not kill him, in keeping with officers.
Authorities have been conducting a welfare test on Nov. 22 once they discovered 75-year-old Jeanne Sourone-Mathers useless inside her condo of pure causes within the city of Tooele, about 35 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. When police performed a additional search of the condo, they found the physique of 69-year-old Paul Edwards Matthews in a freezer.
Along with the physique, investigators discovered a notarized letter signed by Paul Mathers stating his spouse didn’t kill him.
“It was notarized on December 2, 2008,” Tooele Police Sgt. Jeremy Hansen instructed FOX13. “We believe he had a terminal illness.”
Police consider that Souron-Mathers, 75, left her husband useless within the freezer someday between Feb. 4, 2009, and March 8, 2009. Mathers was final seen alive on Feb. 4, 2009, at an appointment on the Veterans Affairs hospital.
The one that notarized the letter in 2008 has been interviewed by police as a part of the investigation.
“She told the detective she didn’t read the note, she just stamped it and signed it,” Hansen told FOX13.
Authorities are investigating why the lady stored the physique and whether or not she wished to maintain accumulating his Social Safety and Veteran’s Affairs checks, the Deseret News reported.
Tooele police instructed FOX13 they consider Souron-Mathers acquired at the very least $177,000 in authorities advantages over the 10-year interval.
Detectives, who haven’t dominated out murder, are also investigating whether or not the lady had any assist placing the physique in the freezer, which was in a utility room.
The lady used a wheelchair, however didn’t want one in early 2009 when her husband died, police mentioned. Hansen mentioned that Mathers was not a big man.
There have been extra pertinent particulars inside the letter, however police instructed FOX13 that data will not be being launched in the mean time.
Neighbors who stay within the retirement neighborhood the place the invention was made mentioned that Sourone-Mathers was a “very good individual” who wouldn’t “damage a fly.”
Evan Kline instructed FOX13 he had taken her to physician appointments and that she had a special story about her husband.
“The story that — at the very least she was placing out — was her husband walked out on her,” he instructed the tv station.
One other resident of the retirement neighborhood, James Kite, speculated Sourone-Mathers stored the physique round so as to maintain the cash because it was her solely type of earnings. He mentioned whereas the concept was “type of good,” it was “nonetheless creepy.”
“I wouldn’t wish to stay in an condo with my useless husband or my useless spouse,” he instructed FOX13.
Fox Information’ Louis Casiano and the Related Press contributed to this report.