Women kept mum’s body ‘hidden in freezer for 10 years’ after shock discovery

A Japanese woman kept her mum's body in a freezer for 10 years, police have claimed.

The authorities have arrested Yumi Yoshino, 48, who reportedly told them that she found her mother dead and hit the body 10 years ago because she "didn't want to move out" of the Tokyo home they shared, local media reported.

There were said to be no visible wounds on the frozen bodies and the authorities could not determine the time and cause of the woman's death, thought to be around 60 years old at the time she died.

The grisly discovery was made by a cleaner after Ms Yoshino had been forced to leave the apartment due to missing rent payments.

The body had been bent to fit in the freezer, police said.

Ms Yoshino was arrested in a hotel in the city of Chiba, near Tokyo, on Friday.

In 2019 police in Tooele, Utah, USA, discovered the corpse of Paul Mathers who is thought to have died a decade previously.

They were carrying out a welfare check on his wife Jeanne Souron-Mathers only to find the woman's corpse along with the body of her husband in a freezer, who is likely to have died sometime between February and March 2009.

Alongside the bodies was a letter written by Mr Mathers, and signed by a lawyer, stating that a wife was not involved in his death.

Mr Mathers had a terminal illness and Sergeant Jeremy Hansen of the Tooele Police Department said: "I've been here 13 years – this is one of the strangest cases. We've never had anything like this."

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