A JAPANESE woman reportedly kept her dead mum in a freezer for ten years as she feared she would be evicted when she discovered her body.
Yumi Yoshino, 48, said she found her mum dead and hid her body because she “didn’t want to move out” of the home they shared in Tokyo.
The woman – thought to be aged around 60 when she died – was named on the lease of the apartment in a municipal housing complex, according to Kyodo News.
Yoshino was forced to leave the apartment in mid-January after missing rent payments, local media reported.
A cleaner reportedly discovered the body in a freezer hidden in a closet.
Police said there were no visible wounds on the frozen body, BBC News reports.
Authorities could not establish the time and cause of the woman’s death.
Yoshino was arrested in a hotel in the city of Chiba, near Tokyo, Japan, on Friday.
Two bodies were unearthed during a routine welfare check on Jeanne Souron-Mathers, 75, who was found dead in her Utah home, reports Fox 13.
Then, in a gruesome turn of events, police found the second body in her deep freezer during their investigation last Friday.
The frozen “intact” corpse was later identified as the dead woman’s husband, Paul Edward Mathers, 69.
Investigators in Tooele estimate that his body could have been there for any length of time, from 1.5 to 11 years.
TCPD Sergeant Jeremy Hansen said: “I’ve been here 13 years, and this is one of the strangest cases.”
“We’ve never had anything like this.”