A woman who bought a second-hand freezer from her neighbour got an added extra she hadn’t quite bargained for.
The ice chest, which she bough for a bargain £20, was already full – just not with food. With a dead body.
The unnamed buyer called the police after the gruesome discovery in North Carolina last week. Asking to remain anonymous, she told U.S. broadcasting station WRAL the seller had instructed her that the freezer contained a ‘time capsule’ for a Sunday school project, and it should not be opened until a church member came to pick it up.
Three weeks later, no one had come, so she did what most of us would have done and looked inside anyway.
She said: “I was just in shock. I opened it up for a second time and my heart went into my throat. I ran out of the house and called 911.”
In a statement posted to Facebook, police confirmed the remains were female, human and listed the cause of death as being natural with no signs of foul play.
Speaking to WNCN, the buyer recalled her conversation with the operator: “I have a serious problem. My neighbour just sold me a deep freezer. I just opened it and there’s a body in there I think. I am freaking out.”
It gets creepier.
The woman told the channel she believes the body was that of the seller’s elderly mother – whom she had not seen since autumn, The Huffington Post reports.
She told WNCN: “She sold me her frozen mother for £20. How do you do something like that?”
The police statement adds:
The body was intact and not dismembered in any way. At this time the crime that is being investigated is G.S. 14-401.22(A) Concealing or Failing to notify the death of a person, which is a Class I Felony.
The GPD Investigations division is currently investigating how the body got into the freezer and if any other crimes have occurred since her death.
Apparently, the seller is believed to have skipped town the day after she sold the freezer.
This has to be the worst neighbour ever.