A man’s body has been found in a freezer alongside a note allegedly signed by him saying his wife was not responsible for his death.
The body of Paul Edward Mathers was found on November 22 in a retirement community in Utah after his wife died of natural causes at the age 75, according to CBS Local.
Along with the body, investigators also found a notarised letter signed by Mr Mathers and dated December 2008 claiming his wife didn’t kill him.
The handwriting on the note has yet to be verified by an expert, however, investigators have confirmed the woman who notarised the letter did not read it before signing it, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Police said they believe Mr Mathers died of a terminal illness between February 2009 and March 2009 and his wife, Jeanne Souron-Mathers, put his body in the freezer.
Officers theorised the couple kept the death a secret so Ms Souron-Mathers could continue receiving his Social Security and Veteran’s Affairs benefits.
A resident of the retirement community told CBS the elderly woman was “by all appearances, a very nice person”.
“Very friendly. We’ve talked to her quite a bit and took her to doctor appointments,” Evan Kline said.
“The story that — at least she was putting out — was her husband walked out on her.”
Mr Mathers was last seen in 2009, and it was known he was terminally ill before he disappeared, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Like the police, Mr Kline also speculated Ms Souron-Mathers kept her husband’s death a secret so she could receive her only source of income.
Since her husband’s death, police believe Ms Souron-Mathers cashed in more than $A250,000 of the government’s benefits.
“It’s a very odd case,” Tooele City Police Sargent Jeremy Hansen told the Tribune.
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