An adult male body was found inside of a chest freezer at a deceased woman’s Tooele apartment Friday.
The body was found by a detective conducting a welfare check on an elderly woman’s apartment at the Remington Park Apartments located at 495 W. Utah Ave.
The welfare check was requested after a maintenance worker reported having not seen the woman for approximately two weeks, according to a press release from the Tooele City Police Department.
The call for the welfare check was received shortly before 11 a.m. When the officer arrived, he found the 75-year-old woman deceased on her bed, said Tooele City Police Sgt. and spokesperson Jeremy Hansen.
The detective began investigating the scene and found a deceased adult male inside the chest freezer. The man was confirmed by police to be the woman’s husband, Paul Edward Mathers, 69, of Tooele City.
The woman has been identified as Jeanne Souron-Mathers of Tooele. Souron-Mathers is reported to have not sustained any apparent trauma.
The man is reported to have been inside the freezer anywhere from 18 months to 11 years, said Hansen. This time frame corresponds to witness reports indicating the last time a male was seen entering or leaving the apartment, he said.
The Office of the Medical Examiner and Utah State Crime Lab were contacted and responded to the scene. Both bodies were transported to the Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy, according to the release.
Autopsy reports from the medical examiner have yet to indicate a cause of death for either individual or narrow down the time of death for the man, said Hansen.
Foul play is suspected and the case is still under investigation.