Missouri Woman Charged After Husband’s Body Found in Freezer

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman whose husband’s corpse was found in a freezer in a bedroom inside their southwest Missouri home, where it may have been stored for nearly a year. 67-year-old Barbara Watters of Joplin was arrested Thursday, a day after she was charged with abandonment of a corpse, a felony that is punishable by up to four years in prison. The grim discovery was made after a witness told police that Paul Barton’s body had been in Watters’ freezer since his death on December 30, 2018. The witness said Watters threatened to kill him if he notified police. Watters also threatened to kill police, firefighters and emergency medical workers if they attempted to come into her house. Police said she has unspecified “mental disorders” and is known to carry firearms. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death and confirm the identity of the remains.

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