MARSHFIELD, Mo. (KOLR) — A Missouri man has been taken into custody for allegedly killing his wife and storing her body in a freezer, Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole confirmed Tuesday.
According to Cole, the freezer, which was fitted with a lock, was found in an abandoned storage unit that was being cleaned out on the evening of Monday, Nov. 25.
When the body was first discovered, Cole said deputies were unable to determine the body’s age or sex.
“They were in there for a while,” he told KOLR10.
Deputies searched for an owner, and after a while set up a sting operation to catch the suspect.
The man detained during the sting operation is, according to Cole, from Marshfield, Missouri, though he at one time claimed to be a truck driver from Colorado.
Once detained, Cole said the man admitted to killing his wife, who he said he then put in the freezer back in 2015 — that was four years ago.
Authorities believe the woman was killed during a fight with her husband.
Cole said the woman was never reported missing. An autopsy is to come.
Charges have yet to be officially filed, though Cole said he has spoken with prosecutors and expects those charges aren’t far away.