Police in Utah say they’re “eagerly” awaiting a medical examiner’s official report to help them figure out how an elderly man whose body was found in the freezer of his wife’s retirement home died.
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.
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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