The body was discovered Friday when police conducting a welfare check on the woman, Jeanne Sourone-Mathers, 75, at her home in a retirement village in Tooele, about 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Tooele police Sgt. Jeremy Hansen told NBC affiliate KSL of Salt Lake City.
Sourone-Mathers was found dead on her bed, Hansen said, and her death wasn’t considered suspicious. But as they investigated further, they opened a freezer in a utility room — and discovered a man’s frozen body, he said.
Police said Tuesday that the body had been identified as that of Paul Edward Mathers, 69, who was Sourone-Mathers’ husband. They said he may have been in the freezer as little as a year and a half or as long as 11 years.
Investigators believe Sourone-Mathers knew her husband’s body was in her freezer, and “we strongly suspect foul play,” Hansen told KSL.
But “right now, we can’t officially call it a homicide investigation because we don’t know if that is what it is,” h