A man found inside a freezer in a deceased elderly woman’s apartment in Tooele, Utah has been identified as the woman’s husband.
Tooele police say an autopsy identified the man as 69-year-old Paul Edward Mathers. A cause of death was not determined.
The autopsy also did nothing to narrow down how long Mathers’ body may have been in the freezer, which as of Tuesday was believed to be anywhere from a year-and-a-half to 11 years.
The investigation began just after 11 a.m. on Friday, when a Tooele police officer conducted a welfare check at the Remington Park Apartments on 75-year-old Jeanne Sourone-Mathers. A maintenance worker at the complex had not seen the elderly woman for two weeks and asked that police enter her apartment to check on her.
When an officer entered, Sourone-Mathers was found deceased on her bed.
Police in the town of Tooele, west of Salt Lake City, say the man may have been in the freezer for years.
“That’s why we strongly suspect foul play,” Sgt Jeremy Hansen is quoted as saying by local TV station KSL.
Police say they do not know whether Ms Souron-Mathers was involved in her husband’s death.
When questioned, neighbours gave widely different accounts of when they last saw him.
“We are suspecting anywhere from a year and a half to 11 years,” Sgt Hansen is quoted as saying. “We truly don’t know at this point how long he had been in the freezer.”